Much of a child’s learning and development happens at home. If home isn’t a stable, safe or healthy environment, the negative effects on children follow them to child care centers, school, and into adulthood. Nearly one-third of children live in households that spend 30 percent or more of household income on housing, leaving little room to meet other basic needs. Research shows that children in low-income families who have limited access to affordable housing are more likely to live in crowded housing, become homeless, be food insecure, and postpone seeking health care.
Affordable housing provides more room in the family budget, more stability, and an environment for a child to better learn and grow. Unfortunately, programs that make housing affordable are underfunded and, in turn, often unavailable to the majority of lower income families.
Join CDF-MN in our support of programs and policies that ensure every family has access to affordable housing opportunities.