I met Lori and her daughter Savanna while visiting a rotating shelter in Detroit, Michigan. I cannot imagine the challenges of raising a child without permanent housing. Yet children are the fastest growing segment of the homeless population. According to data collected one night in January 2007 – 50% of homeless populations are families and children in a given year. 13% of families are homeless due to domestic violence. 39% of the homeless people are children under 18 (5% are unaccompanied youth). Researchers estimate that between 4-7% of youth will experience homelessness before their 18th birthday. Homelessness takes a toll on young children. For example, a child who has experienced homelessness experiences post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at twice the rate of returning war veterans. ~taken from EndHomelessness.Change.orgmoreless
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