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Behind Closed Doors: The hidden health impact of being behind on rent

New research by Children’s HealthWatch finds that families who are behind on rent are more likely to have children in fair or poor health, at risk of developmental delays, and a mother who has symptoms of depression compared to families who are not behind on rent.  Strikingly, the negative health impacts of being behind on rent are similar to families experiencing homelessness.  The policy implications of these findings call for investments in affordable housing opportunities and rental assistance programs for families and their very young children.