• There are more than 8,000 children who experience homelessness in Greater Cincinnati each year.
  • Nearly half of children in the Greater Cincinnati area live in poverty - between the 2nd and 4th worst rate in the country.
  • Kentucky has the worst childhood homelessness rate in the country.
  • Today, in the U.S., the average age of a person experiencing homelessness is 9 years old.
  • Only 25% of students experiencing homelessness graduate from high school.
  • Profile of an average local family experiencing homelessness: single mother age 30 with 2 kids under the age of 6.
  • Children experiencing homelessness are typically 2 to 3 years behind in school.


Cincinnati is ranked between 2nd and 4th for highest
child poverty out of 76 major U.S. cities.



Invisible Child: Dasani's Homeless Life
New York Times, 12-9-13

Student homelessness reaches record high
CNN Money, 10-24-13

Homeless children: One local family's struggle to overcome poverty
WXIX, 5-7-14


Mission: To empower children experiencing homelessness by providing opportunities for education and enrichment

Vision: To positively transform our communities by breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty


UpSpring enables students experiencing homelessness to have the same access to opportunity as all other children. We provide the necessary resources for these children to get to school, stay in school, and succeed in school. Our programs & services change lives, and therefore our region, for the better.

Hear more from our partners and kids as they discuss the impact UpSpring
programs have on the community and their lives: