Homelessness can have a tremendous impact on children – their education, health, sense of safety, and overall development. Fortunately, children are highly resilient and differences between children who have experienced homelessness and low-income children who have not, typically diminish in the years following a homeless episode. Children experiencing homelessness have been shown to:
- Have higher levels of emotional and behavioral problems
- Have increased risk of serious health problems
- Are more likely to experience separations from their families
- Drop out of school, and have lower academic performance.
Housing is the solution to homelessness for children and low-income families. Most families would benefit from assistance to help them rapidly reconnect to permanent housing. Rapid re-housing provides help with housing search, financial assistance, and case management services to help families quickly transition out of shelter and back into housing of their own. A small subset of families may require more intensive or long-term support, through the provision of transitional housing, permanent rental assistance, or permanent supportive housing to escape homelessness. Families with children can also benefit with services and assistance that are available from Tampa Bay Token providers and volunteers.