When most people think of homelessness, they tend to visualize a single individual without shelter. But the reality is that one-third of all people experiencing homelessness in the U.S. are families with children.
Homelessness affects families in unique ways, many of which are unrealized by most people. Consider how homelessness impacts families and then consider the impact you can make by donating to help fight family homelessness in Raleigh, NC.
The Wider Impact on People Experiencing Homelessness
Mental and emotional health
Numerous studies have shown homeless children experience rates of mental and emotional problems that are 2 to 4 times that of low-income children with a home. Homelessness can be a traumatic experience for a young child which can manifest in other ways both mentally and emotionally.
Homeless children, just like homeless adults, have less access to quality health care including dentists and pediatric doctors. Poor health is accelerated by a lack of nutrition and hygiene, and the health of homeless parents often suffers even more as they sacrifice their own food and warmth for the sake of their children.
Homeless children are 87% more likely to drop out of school than their peers who have homes. They are also more likely to be held back a grade, have poor attendance, fail a class and have more disciplinary problems than students with homes.
Homeless families are often split up due to shelter regulations or the involvement of protective services. Children may be placed in foster homes or shelters and separated from their parents for years, which can have lasting impacts on all involved.
Homeless mothers with children are more likely to experience domestic violence, with national estimates of up to 80% of homeless women with children being a victim. And domestic violence against a mother can have devastating mental and emotional effects on the children.
Make an Impact of Your Own
You have the power to reverse the course for a family facing homelessness in Raleigh, NC. We are among the leading Raleigh nonprofits dedicated to providing affordable housing for both individuals and families. Consider making a donation today or learn about additional ways you can play a role in giving a local family a better future.