The speed with which the CoC responds to a housing crisis matters. Homelessness is traumatic, and trauma disrupts the development of the brain, particularly for children age 5 and under.
The more a child experiences Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES), the more at-risk they are for alcoholism, drug abuse, depression, and suicide. Further, studies show a significant association between the number of ACES in people currently experiencing homelessness and those with an experience of homelessness sometime over the course of their life. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation supports policies to prevent ACES, including those that focus on safe, affordable housing.
More information on Adverse Childhood Experiences can be found through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
More information on children's health can be found through the Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health.