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What: This report illustrates that there is no safe level of homelessness for children. The timing and duration of homelessness compounds the risk of harmful child health outcomes, and the younger and longer a child experiences homelessness, the greater the cumulative toll of negative health outcomes.

When: Released Thursday, June 11, 2015

Where:Find the report in NHC's Publications Library here!

Authors: Megan Sandel, MD MPH, Richard Sheward, MPP and Lisa Sturtevant, PhD


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. This is the key finding from a research brief out today from Children's HealthWatch and the Center for Housing Policy at the National Housing Conference, "Compounding Stress: The Timing and Duration Effects of Homelessness on Children's Health."

Download and read the paper now.

"Compounding Stress" summarizes findings from data collected from more than 20,000 caregivers of low-income children with public or no health insurance in five U.S. cities from 2009 to 2014. The research shows that while prenatal and postnatal child homelessness were each separately associated with poor health outcomes for children, the combination of prenatal and postnatal homelessness resulted in a "dose-response" effect that worsened the health risks linked to both prenatal and postnatal homelessness.

This new research suggests that interventions focused on preventing child and family homelessness can be especially effective before birth. The report shows the urgency of acting early to prevent child homelessness, using proven and cost-effective approaches, including rapid re-housing and intensive case management.

Download the report now to learn more about the impact of child homelessness on children, families and society. You can also read the press release announcing the report on our website.

About Children's HealthWatch
Children's HealthWatch is a nonpartisan network of pediatricians, public health researchers, and children's health and policy experts. Our network is committed to improving children's health in America. We do that by first collecting real-time data in urban hospitals across the country on infants and toddlers from families facing economic hardship. Our findings help policymakers and the public better understand the social and economic factors that impact children's health so they can make well-informed policy decisions that can give all children equal opportunities for healthy, successful lives. Learn more at www.childrenshealthwatch.org.

About NHC and the Center for Housing Policy
The National Housing Conference represents a diverse membership of housing stakeholders including tenant advocates, mortgage bankers, nonprofit and for-profit home builders, property managers, policy practitioners, Realtors®, equity investors, and more, all of whom share a commitment to safe, decent and affordable housing for all in America. We are the nation's oldest housing advocacy organization, dedicated to the affordable housing mission since our founding in 1931. We are a nonpartisan, 501(c)3 nonprofit that brings together our broad-based membership to advocate on housing issues. Learn more at www.nhc.org

Learn more about the National Housing Conference and its research division, the Center for Housing Policy.

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