Children’s HealthWatch published a new policy brief on the positive impact of stable housing on Arkansas’s children.

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A Safe, Stable Place to Call Home Supports Young Children’s Health in Arkansas

Children’s HealthWatch researchers analyzed survey data collected from caregivers in Arkansas between 2005 and 2011. In the sample of 5,000 families with children under age four, Children’s HealthWatch found that about 51% of families were housing insecure. Housing insecurity is associated with fair or poor health, and greater risk of developmental delays in children in Arkansas. For example, Children’s HealthWatch found that children in households who moved frequently are 34% more likely to be underweight as compared with children in stably housed families.