Filling the Housing Opportunity Gap
The Need is Significant. Housing instability affects the health and well-being of children and families. When families fall behind on rent, are forced to move multiple times, and/or experience homelessness, infants and toddlers are placed at an increased risk of being in poor health and not meeting developmental milestones. This creates a “housing opportunity gap” with long-lasting ripple effects in our healthcare, education, carceral, and economic systems. Among those most highly impacted are families of color. Research shows that children and their families need access to safe, stable, and affordable homes throughout their lifetime in order to thrive. Without this stability, the mental and physical health of parents and children are all too often compromised.