Compounding Stress: Timing & Duration Effects of Homelessness on Children’s Health

Decades of scientific research has demonstrated that homelessness experienced during early childhood is harmful to a child’s growth and development. The stress of homelessness during early childhood can lead to potentially permanent harmful changes in brain and body function, in turn causing higher levels of stress-related chronic diseases later in life.  In addition, a growing body of evidence has established that a child’s health and development are critically dependent on his mother’s mental and physical well-being during pregnancy.