A Closer Look
Facts about family homelessness from The National Center on Family Homelessness:
- Women and children are the new faces of family homelessness.
- Women and children are predicted to make up the vast majority of family homelessness in the future.
- Most homeless mothers have been subjected to severe physical and sexual abuse in childhood and have experienced it again in adult relationships.
- Homeless women suffer from post-traumatic stress (psychic numbing, rage reactions, re-living past trauma, depression, anxiety, endless watchfulness, sleeplessness). This interferes with their ability to meet their own needs and the needs of their children.
- The children of homeless mothers have witnessed violence in their homes and elsewhere.
- As a result of chronic loss, exposure to violence, and instability, children exhibit physical and emotional challenges.
- Homeless children are chronically ill four times more often than other poor children.
“And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said to her, ‘Do not weep.’” Luke 7:13
Grace Place strives to provide complete wrap around resources that address the complex situations our families are walking through.