Impact of Homelessness on Children

Rental Assistance, Affordable Homes
Key to Ending Child Homelessness

The National Housing Conference has released a policy brief, Housing as a Health Care Investment: Affordable Housing Supports Children’s Health. In this brief, Children’s HealthWatch examines homelessness, housing stability, and children’s health outcomes.

The brief:

  • Highlights the impact of homelessness on children’s physical and developmental well-being and states that children experiencing homelessness were more likely to be hospitalized and
  • Concludes with suggestions on how policymakers can address the needs of vulnerable families experiencing homelessness.

“Children who experienced both pre- and post-natal homelessness were 41 percent more likely to have been hospitalized since birth.”

Homeless children may be discharged from the hospital to living with their families in a homeless shelter.

The proposed recommendations include:

  • Increasing funding for rental assistance programs
  • Developing affordable housing units to meet the needs of families
  • Simplifying access to the housing vouchers programs for families
  • Ensuring families in housing programs have access to supportive services

These recommendations come at a time when Congress threatens to cut appropriations to the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and works without a budget resolution.

Housing as a Health Care Investment: Affordable Housing Supports Children’s Health