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Faces without Places (FwP) provides educational and enrichment programming, school transportation and supplies, and other specialized services to thousands of children and youth experiencing homelessness each year in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.
Believing education to be the key to breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty, FwP’s primary goal is to provide school stability for the approximately 6,000 children experiencing homelessness each year in Greater Cincinnati. Although there are other social services that provide resources for families experiencing homelessness to obtain food, shelter, work, and childcare, we are the only local non-profit that focuses exclusively on the educational needs of children experiencing homelessness.
FwP strives to achieve its mission through:
- Educational and enrichment programming
- Providing school transportation and supplies through our Educational Stability Collaborative
- Awareness initiatives
Please check out this three-minute winning pitch about FwP and its impact from the Social Venture Partners’ Fast Pitch competition.
Facts about Homelessness in Cincinnati and Nationally
- There are an estimated 6,000 children who experience homelessness in Greater Cincinnati each year.
- The average age of a person experiencing homelessness in the U.S. is 9 years old.
- A family experiencing homelessness moves an average of 7 to 8 times per year.
- Children experiencing homelessness are typically 2 to 3 years behind in school.
- Families with children account for the fastest growing segment of the homeless population in Cincinnati and the U.S.
- Many of the children we serve are living in shelters or are “doubled-up” (meaning families share a residence intended for a single family); other children we serve are living in area hotels or motels.
- Hunger, lack of sleep, and poor attendance impede learning for children experiencing homelessness.
- Lack of income and lack of affordable housing are currently the leading causes of homelessness.