The Impact of the Mortgage Crisis on Children

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First Focus

Two million children’s families will lose their homes to foreclosures in 2008 and 2009, estimates First Focus – an event that is likely to disrupt the education and the physical and mental health of the children whose homes are lost.

According to the report, homeless children and children forced to move frequently are only half as likely to be proficient in reading as are their peers, and are more likely to be held back a grade or to drop out of school. They also have more behavioral problems and often lack access to proper health care because of periods of being uninsured. Free, five pages. (202) 657-0677,