Children experiencing homelessness are more often hungry, sick, and worried where their next meal and bed will come from; they wonder if they will have a roof over their heads at night and what would happen to their families. Children often develop more slowly. Many struggle in school, missing days, repeating grades, and even dropping out of school entirely.
The National Center on Family Homelessness 1990 Worcester Family Research Project conducted a 30 year research study. The study found that the vast majority of homeless families were composed of single mothers with two young children, often under the age of six. The families tended to be residentially unstable, moving frequently and often living in substandard housing and dangerous neighborhoods. With low levels of education, many of the mothers were unable to find jobs that paid livable wages. Without transportation or adequate child care, they struggled to protect and support their children. Not surprisingly, many of the mothers had high rates of major depressive disorders, post trauma responses, and anxiety disorders, interfering with their capacity to support their children. How did these factors impact their children? Children experiencing homelessness were more often hungry, sick, and worried where their next meal and bed would come from; they wondered if they would have a roof over their heads at night and what would happen to their families. Children often developed more slowly. Many struggled in school, missing days, repeating grades, and even dropping out of school entirely.
Solomon’s Temple Foundation Inc. provides temporary housing for women and children for up to six months to help them stabilize, obtain employment, and provide stable environment for children. Will you help to provide services for a homeless child? No child should have to worry about where they will sleep tonight.