Families with children represent over one third of the homeless nationally, and over 50 percent of the homeless population in many cities. Lack of permanent dwelling deprives children of the most basic necessities for proper growth and development. Homeless children have unique risks that compromise their health status. Pediatricians are encouraged to be aware of this growing population of children and include them in their service and advocacy efforts.
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