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
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