How does homelessness affect a child?

Homelessness is characterized by mobility as well as high rates of poverty, family stress, health problems, and traumatic life events such as domestic violence. According to the National Center for Homeless Education, children experiencing homelessness are:

  • Four times more likely than their peers to show delayed development
  • Twice as likely to have learning disabilities as non-homeless children
  • Twice as likely as their peers to have emotional disturbances
  • More likely to experience significant educational disruption: Students who change schools due to homelessness typically fall behind academically 4-6 months per change in schools.

Mobility not only disrupts the classroom experience, it can also impede a child’s ability to build stable relationships with caring adults outside the immediate family – a crucial factor in their development at any age.

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