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Housing and Homelessness

More than 1.5 million children enrolled in public schools experienced homelessness during the 2017-18 school year. Nearly 1 in 3 children are housing insecure and live on the edge of homelessness. A sudden change in a family’s economic stability such as job loss or a medical emergency can leave a family without a stable place to live.

Housing Insecurity and Homelessness Impact on Physical and Mental Health

Housing insecurity and homelessness impact a child’s physical and mental health and their ability to learn:

  • Homeless children have three times the rate of emotional and behavioral problems
  • Homeless children are more likely to suffer from hunger, poor physical and emotional health
  • They are less likely to attend school, and more likely to fall behind in class
  • While the number of homeless children in America is estimated at 1.6 million, many estimates suggest the number could be far higher, as homeless statistics are often under-reported at the city, county and state levels
  • Children experiencing homelessness face four times as many respiratory infections, twice as many ear infections and are four times more likely go have asthma
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