Homeless Children : The Poverty Rate, Lack Of Affordable Housing And Single Parent Households

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Homeless Children
According to recent reports child homelessness, an estimated 2.5 million children are homeless in the United States. Sadly, nearly half of these children are under the age of five. In fact, one in every thirty children is considered homeless and the numbers continue to increase annually (Bassuk, E., DeCandia, C., Beach, C., & Berman, F., 2014) Though many factors contribute to this social epidemic, the high poverty rate, lack of affordable housing and single parent households are the most notable influences nationally. The most vulnerable of the population are African American and Hispanic single mothers with poor education (Bassuk, E.et al. ,2014 ) . These families tend to have low paying jobs, live in dangerous neighborhoods and have unreliable transportation. With limited resources available to sustain economic security, families become homeless and the children suffer the consequences.
Homelessness children are subjected to harsh living conditions and traumatic events that have lasting effects on their overall health. From conception and throughout life the experience of homelessness impedes the physical, emotional, cognitive, social, and behavioral development of children (Bassuk, E.et al. ,2014) . By understanding the factors that affect healthy development, appropriate intervention and prevention strategies can be implemented to ensure resilience and healthy development.
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