November is the National Homeless Youth Awareness Month, which also includes National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week (November 15-22.) These events acknowledge and raise awareness of the problems faced by youth, families and individuals at risk of and experiencing homelessness and food insecurity.

Children experiencing homelessness:

Are sick four times more often than other children. They have:

  • Four times as many respiratory infections.
  • Twice as many ear infections.
  • Five times more gastrointestinal problems.
  • Four times more likely to have asthma.
  • Go hungry at twice the rate of other children.
  • Have high rates of obesity due to nutritional deficiencies.
  • Have three times the rate of emotional and behavioral problems compared to non-homeless children.*

Here at Carpenter’s Shelter, we believe no child deserves to be homeless.Please join us in raising awareness this month. Follow our updates on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #NHAM