Our House and homeless children

Arkansas ranks 31st among the states in child homelessness, 43rd with risk for child homelessness and 49th for child wellbeing for health problems of children below poverty level.

  • Children who are homeless are 4x more likely to show delayed development
  • 2x as likely to have learning disabilities as non-homeless children
  • By age of 12, 83% have been exposed to at least 1 serious violent event
  • Almost 25% have witnessed acts of violence within their families
  • Are sick 4x more than other children and have 5x more gastrointestinal problems
  • Have high rates of obesity due to nutritional deficiencies
  • Have 3x the rate of emotional and behavioral problems compared to non-homeless children

What do homeless children worry about?

  • They worry about not having a place to live
  • They worry that they will not have a place to sleep
  • They worry that something bad will happen to their family and that their family will have to be separated.
  • They worry that they will be hungry again
  • They worry about whether or not they will ever be able to have a friend

So, we are glad to be a part of the team with Our House, Inc. and Nabholz Construction Services to build a new 20,000 square foot Children’s Center – just for children. A place where kids can be kids, a place to learn and grow and a place to help break the cycle of homelessness.

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