Impact of Homelessness on Children

Quick Facts:
-Children experiencing homelessness are twice as likely to go hungry as their non-homeless peers
-Children experiencing homelessness are also twice as likely to repeat a grade, be expelled/suspended, or drop out of school
-Children experiencing homelessness in Washtenaw County scored lower on math and reading achievement than their non-homeless counterparts
-Children who have lived without stable housing place an additional burden to our local social services, school, health, and juvenile justice systems
-Children who are stably housed develop social skills, a general sense of trust and safety, and are better able to take advantage of the opportunities offered in school
-This leads to adults who are active participants in and can better contribute to the well being of our community

87% of children experiencing family homelessness worry that something bad will happen to their family.

Sources:
The National Center on Family Homelessness-Characteristics and Needs of Families Experiencing Homelessness