THE PROBLEM

Nearly 9 percent of children in the U.S. are living in a family at half or below the poverty line

– well under $9,500 a year for a family of three.


Even as the economy continues to improve, many American workers are still struggling to make ends meet. For millions of households, housing costs account for more than half of the household’s monthly income.  While many other issues often factor into the equation, low-income families are, for the most part, burdened by high housing costs, poor housing quality, unstable neighborhoods, overcrowded living conditions, residential mobility, and episodes of recurrent homelessness. Aggravating the problem is the fact that parents often  fail to ask for help during a housing-related or financial crisis because they are embarrassed, overwhelmed, or simply depressed and immobilized.


 For many families, the result is extended periods of housing instability, disrupting every aspect of family life and resulting in poor outcomes for diverse service delivery systems addressing non-housing service needs. In other words, education, health and mental health, employment, and family functioning in general all suffer when a family is denied access to a stable housing base.


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