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Homelessness During Infancy: Associations With Infant and Maternal Health and Hardship Outcomes

Abstract • Objective: Homelessness among children is correlated with developmental delays, fair or poor health, and high healthcare utilization (AAP, 2013). Associations of homelessness specifically among infants younger than 12 months, however, are unknown. This study evaluates homelessness during infancy as a risk for adverse infant and maternal health and hardship. • Methods: From May […]

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Housing as a Health Care Investment: Affordable Housing Supports Children’s Health

Affordable and stable housing plays a critical role in supporting the health and well-being of children. Research from Children’s HealthWatch shows public investment in housing—including housing for homeless families and rental assistance for food-insecure families—improves the health outcomes of vulnerable infants and young children and lowers health care spending. The findings show that homelessness and […]

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Compounding Stress: The Timing and Duration Effects of Homelessness on Children’s Health

New research from Children’s Health Watch highlighted in a joint brief with the Center for Housing Policy at the National Housing Conference shows the younger and longer a child experiences homelessness, the greater the cumulative toll of negative health outcomes, which can have lifelong effects on the child, the family and the community.

What about the fathers and how can we help?

Today, most families are no longer the traditional model of “family” – a mother and father with 2.5 kids and a dog with a home-cooked meal on the table every night.  Families take a variety of forms – one parent, a parent and a grandparent, two dads, two moms, as well as the traditional father and […]

Homelessness During Pregnancy: A Unique, Time-Dependent Risk Factor of Birth Outcomes

This article evaluates homelessness during pregnancy as a unique, time-dependent risk factor for adverse birth outcomes. Prenatal homelessness was associated with higher adjusted odds of low birth weight and preterm delivery, and lower adjusted mean birth weight. Postnatal homelessness was not associated with these outcomes. Prenatal homelessness is an independent risk factor for low birth weight, rather than merely a marker of adverse […]

Mothers’ hopes and dreams – keeping our children safe, fed and housed

As a mother of two beautiful young girls, nothing brings me greater joy than seeing the smiles on their faces. They keep me going even when things in life are difficult. I am also blessed to have had the opportunity to take in a good friend’s younger brother; he is now my brother, too.  When […]

The Housing Vaccine for Homeless Families: It’s time to do what works

As a pediatrician and researcher on how housing affects child health, I see the unintended consequences of public policy playing out on the bodies on my patients every day. I was particularly struck by the series of New York Times articles featuring Dasani, an 11 year old homeless child, which illustrated how homelessness affects all […]

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Rx for Hunger: Affordable Housing

A report by Children’s HealthWatch and the Medical-Legal Partnership | Boston finds that subsidized housing plays a significant role in protecting young children from food insecurity and the health risks of being seriously underweight. This report confirms that increased support for subsidized housing must be a part of the strategy to end childhood hunger.