Unstable Housing Leads to Childhood Health Problems

ICPH Finds Difficulties Begin at Early Age

Unstable Housing Leads to Childhood Health Problems The Institute for Children, Poverty & Homelessness (ICPH) has issued a new brief finding that children lacking stable housing have more health problems.

The “Profiles of Risk: Child Health” draws on data from the nationwide Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing study to highlight characteristics of those families at greatest risk of experiencing homelessness. This brief focuses on child well-being, specifically investigating differences in health.

The findings reveals:

  • Significant differences in the prevalence of low birth weight, asthma, and emergency-room visits between children who experience housing instability and those who are stably housed; and that
  • Children who experience homelessness also visit dentists less frequently than those who are stably housed.

These results suggest that the health of children who experience housing instability is compromised from an early stage. The brief is the ninth research brief in ICPH’s Profiles of Risk series.

Click here for the brief.