As Harford Family House celebrates its 30th birthday in 2019, YOU can help us continue to make a difference in the lives of our neighbors. Since 1989, Harford Family House has provided housing, resources and support to hundreds of families with children experiencing homelessness throughout Harford County. With your monthly gift of $30 for 12 months throughout our anniversary year (2019), you’ll provide critical funding necessary to continue our work!
Why is it important? According to the American Psychological Association (APA):
- Homelessness has particularly adverse effects on children and youth including hunger, poor physical and mental health, and missed educational opportunities.
- Homeless children lack stability in their lives with 97% having moved at least once on an annual basis, which leads to disruptions in schooling and negatively impacts academic achievement.
- Schooling for homeless children is often interrupted and delayed, with homeless children twice as likely to have a learning disability, repeat a grade or to be suspended from school.
- Homelessness and hunger are closely intertwined. Homeless children are twice as likely to experience hunger as their non-homeless peers. Hunger has negative effects on the physical, social, emotional and cognitive development of children.
- A quarter of homeless children have witnessed violence and 22% have been separated from their families. Exposure to violence can cause a number of psycho-social difficulties for children both emotionally (depression, anxiety, withdrawal) and behaviorally (aggression, acting out).
- Half of school age homeless children experience problems with depression and anxiety and one in five homeless preschoolers have emotional problems that require professional care.
- Homelessness is linked to poor physical health for children including low birth weight, malnutrition, ear infections, exposure to environmental toxins and chronic illness (e.g., asthma). Homeless children also are less likely to have adequate access to medical and dental care.
To sign-up for the campaign, please click HERE. We thank you for your support!