More than a decade after she and her two daughters were displaced by Hurricane Katrina, Sarah Davis returned to New Orleans 😊 Sarah found a job answering phones for a hotel chain, but she didn’t make enough to cover a security deposit to rent a home 🙈 Her teenage children were left homeless and she could only rent a tiny house with help from a charity 🙈 The family now has a home, but half of Sarah’s wages still go toward housing. Sarah and her daughter have to be able to afford the monthly rent. This means Sarah has to give up vacations, new uniforms, or trips to the cinema. “I’m having a lot of guilt because I can’t provide for them the way that I want to,” Sarah said.1
Children need to live in a stable, safe home. Homelessness, unstable housing, and the unavailability of affordable housing have dire consequences for children’s health, education, and future earning potential. Yet, the right to a decent, safe, and affordable home was out of reach even before the COVID-19 crisis for far too many children and families—but particularly for Black, Hispanic, and Indigenous families. Access to housing It is also a matter of race justice. Families of colourr particularly Black families, are more likely be subject to eviction, homelessness and segregated housing. This can be due to racism embedded in our housing system. Credit to Jordana German, Taizhou Zhejiang in China for the most recent revisions.
Apmreports.org Further information can be found here. A short and smiling woman, with long brown hair in a braided style, greets them. Leslie Camden Goold is a Central Valley School District social worker who monitors the progress of the 400 homeless students within the district. Camden Goold is responsible for helping children like Savannah and Jordan to get in and stay in school. The sister helped to secure a place at an alternative school which has flexible hours. She is getting them. Passes for city buses so they could travel to and from school. They were connected to a program that sent them home every Friday with a bag of food so their families could eat on weekends. They were connected with counselors and doctors, and they received legal advice on moving in with an aunt.
According to the researchers, samhsa.gov, “Family and child homelessness is a crisis and it is not getting the attention it deserves,” said Ellen Bassuk, M.D., primary author of America’s Youngest Outcasts: A Report Card on Child Homelessness. This report was published by American Institutes for Research’s National Center on Family Homelessness in November 2014. The national rate of child homelessness rose by 8.8% between 2012 and 2013. “That means that 1 in 30 American children—2.5 million—were homeless in 2013,” Dr. Bassuk, founder and former president of The National Center on Family Homelessness, said. “These are historically high rates. In 1988, families accounted for about 1% of people experiencing homelessness; now, it’s about 36%.” The report rates each state and the District of Columbia on four dimensions: extent of child homelessness, child well-being, risk for child homelessness, and state policy and planning efforts. As the report shows, the number of children who experience homelessness continues to climb sharply, yet most states’ efforts are not sufficient to address the crisis.