Housing Systems Must Better Support Families with Young Children Experiencing Homelessness
Recent Research from Child Trends on Poverty
- There is a proven, straightforward way to lift children out of poverty and improve their overall well-being: Increase the income of the families raising them.
- A new research series examines the demographics of Black families in the United States and challenges impeding their access to high quality child care and housing:
- Despite participating in the workforce at higher numbers, Black Americans are more likely to have less secure employment and earn lower wages, which may result in higher rates of poverty.
- To address the low pay of Black child care providers and expand Black families’ access to high-quality early care and education, we must address the history of racist and discriminatory policies that undergird the U.S. child care system.
- Black families face significant challenges in securing and remaining in housing during COVID-19, in no small part because of discrimination and racism: In February 2021, 30 percent of Black families reported not being caught up on rent or mortgage payments, vs. 17 percent of all families.
- Prioritizing financial, housing, rent/eviction, and meal assistance for parents with children under age 18 can mitigate the risks associated with pandemic-related stress, particularly among parents with unresolved histories of adversity and trauma.
- To better help Hispanic families with low incomes, programs should build on the strengths of these families, which include strong relationships between partners and a low frequency of co-parenting conflicts, and emphasize training and education services so parents can build human capital and improve their economic mobility.
- Women receiving health care at Title X clinics are more likely to face socioeconomic challenges that impact their health, including food insecurity, housing insecurity, and a lack of health insurance or access to affordable health care.