Child Homelessness & Poverty

Why Do We Advocate for the Homeless and

Disadvantaged Children of Greater Charlotte?​​​

Children experiencing homelessness and poverty face great challenges. High mobility, precarious living conditions, and inadequate health and nutrition can combine to present significant emotional, physical and academic difficulties. Yet, these children have talents and dreams just like any other kids. 

Bright Blessings works to combat the effects of poverty through programs that boost self-esteem, provide care essentials and support literacy, giving disadvantaged children help for today and hope for tomorrow.

- U.S. Census Bureau Report, 2016

20.5% of children in Mecklenburg County lives below poverty.

Mecklenburg County Hunger Research, 2016

In Mecklenburg County, 35% of all households with children are
food insecure. (nearly double the national average)

- Harvard Univ. &  UC Berkeley Study, 2014

Poor children in Charlotte are less likely to escape poverty compared to their peers in America’s 50 largest cities.  

- National Center on Family Homelessness, 2015

North Carolina ranks as one of the 15 worst states nationwide

in addressing the issues of child homelessness.

- NC Justice Center Report, 2016

In Union County, approximately 14.5% of all children are living in poverty.

The Effects of Poverty on Children

  • Children experiencing homelessness are more likely to become depressed, suffer from anxiety, and experience a range of behavioral problems.  – National Center on Family Homelessness

  • Inability to concentrate, poor academics, headaches, stomach aches, and behavior problems among food-insecure students are common barriers to their success. – Children’s HealthWatch

 

  • Babies experiencing poverty or homelessness often show delayed development due to poor health and hygiene.
    – The Institute for Children and Poverty
 
  • Research shows that diaper rash and urinary tract infections are more common among children in poverty due to a lack of adequate diaper supply. – American Academy of Pediatrics
 
  • Nearly half of homeless students tested read at grade level in grades 3-12; only 24% of those in K-5 are proficient in reading. – National Center for Homeless Education
  • Kids with poor hygiene face medical and emotional issues that include being more prone to infections and being more likely to get teased by peers, often leading to low self-esteem and social withdrawal. – American Psychological Association

Our Impact

  • JOY – Birthday celebrations and baby blessings bring cheer, confidence and encouragement

 

  • CARE – Basic essentials, books and school supplies boost overall health and academic success
 
  • HOPE – Gifts of support for today create rays of hope for tomorrow 

     

     

     

     

     

     

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