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Homelessness Is Not Healthy for Children and Other Living Things

The last decade has apparently witnessed a substantial transformation of the homeless population of this nation. Whereas in previous decades the homeless were predominantly older, largely white, broken-down alcohol-abusive men (or at least were stereotypified as such), today a sizable fraction of the homeless consist of women and children. This chapter discusses the effects of homelessness on the physical well-being of children, youth, and their mothers.1