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New Study Says Homeless Children are a Public Health Crisis

New Study Says Homeless Children are a Public Health Crisis

Children and teens, who make up a significant portion of the homeless population, are more likely to miss vaccinations, use emergency department care rather than preventative care, and develop asthma or obesity. They’re more likely to have poor health than children in low income, housed families. They’re also likely to face emotional and behavioral health problems. A new study, published this month in the journal Pediatrics, found that high school-aged youth (who are homeless along with their families) were twice as likely to be emotionally distressed and attempt suicide more often than their peers who did have houses.