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Not Safe at Home: How America's Housing Crises Threatens the Health of its Children
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The Doc4Kids Project developed out of our clinical experiences to expose and detail the consequences of America’s housing crisis for its children. Through a national internet campaign, we have obtained stories from pediatric caregivers of children whose health has been compromised by poor housing and whose health has been improved by housing assistance. We have also reviewed the world’s medical literature to estimate the total impact of inadequate housing on child health in this country.

Our goal is to shed new light on an old problem. By shedding light on this tragedy and putting human faces on its victims, we would like to redefine America’s housing crisis as a catastrophe for child health. Seen through a pediatrician’s eyes, housing is a medical as well as a social need. As welfare reform leads many families into work, support for quality housing will become even more important (Authors).
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