Children are one of the fastest-growing segments of the homeless population. Over half of homeless children have never lived in their own homes. Many more have been moved from home to home within a single year. Housing instability results in rates of developmental delays four times greater than the general population, which correlates to low academic achievement, emotional distress and poor physical health. Foundations active in early childhood development, education and health and youth services have an important opportunity to ensure that homelessness and its effects do not become a defining characteristic for an entire generation of children. Housing stability is an educational as well as a health issue and one that will be improved by a collaborative approach. This report tells the story of five successful collaborations that can serve as models for further funding initiatives.
Source: Foundation Advisory Group to End Homelessness