Poverty and housing-unstable children and parents

Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Health & Societies Program and the Center for Public Health Initiatives Urban poverty and unstable housing affect the health of families and are often transmitted from generation to generation. This mixed-methods community-based participatory research study examined health status, daily activities and educational progress of low-resource, housing-unstable single-parent families in a Family Self-Sufficiency Program of an urban housing organization in Philadelphia. After enrolling parent-child dyads and mapping their daily activities and feelings of safety, we found that growth in educational credits was inversely proportional to the crime rates and that the need for parental supervision in high crime neighborhoods may negatively affect educational progress.

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