Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Housing is important

Housing is important

During a recent political outreach campaign in favor of Los Angeles County allocating funds (taken from affordable housing when redevelopment was demolished) back to affordable housing, I realized, some people just don’t understand how important housing is.  SCANPH, (Southern California Association of Non-Profit Housing), recently shared some astonishing facts that make it much easier to comprehend and convey the harrowing fact that housing can and does affect the entire society



…Living in overcrowded homes
·         More likely to be held back a grade
·         Score lower on math and reading tests
…Adolescents who experience housing instability
·         Have higher rates of depression, teen pregnancy, and drug use
…Those who experience homelessness
·         Have higher rates of acute illness, emotional issues and learning difficulties.

Nationally about 30% of children in foster care cannot reunite with families because the family lacks safe, affordable, stable housing. 

Housing is important

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