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.
- 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.