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The impact of homelessness and poor housing conditions on children

The well-being of children is closely related to the housing conditions in which they live: poor living conditions can result in ill-health, lower educational attainment, as well as unhappiness. Poor housing conditions have been shown to cause excessive stress for children and adults leading to long term depression and anxiety. Lack of affordable housing is a significant problem in several Network cities and homeless families are becoming a widespread problem, with an increasing number of families and their children every year being forced to spend increasingly long periods in bed and breakfast hotels and other forms of "temporary" accommodation. Families become homeless for many complex, often inter-related reasons, which can impact negatively on children.

Under this theme the Network will consider the most effective policy solutions, operating at local and regional level, for reducing homelessness and tackling the problem of poor housing conditions.

Network partners will meet in Budapest in February 2009 to define and analyse common problems and effective solutions under this theme. If you would like to receive further information on this area and the Budapest events please email

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