Campaign State Partner Releases Fact Sheet on the Importance of Safe and Affordable Homes for Infants and Toddlers

Idaho Asset Building Network (IABN) partners with Idaho First Steps Alliance recently released a new fact sheet on the importance of safe and affordable homes for the healthy development of infants and toddlers. The fact sheet explores how stable housing contributes to strong families, positive early learning experiences to foster healthy brain development, and good health in very young children. The fact sheet includes data on the impact of housing on families with small children and makes federal policy recommendations to ensure Idaho families have access to safe, stable, and affordable homes. IABN is a state partner of the Opportunity Starts at Home multi-sector affordable homes campaign.

“Children can experience significant long-term impacts on their health and development when their families lack access to safe, stable, affordable housing,” states the document. “Exposure to chronic stressors early in life charts a course for physical, cognitive, and emotional health problems that can be costly for families and their communities to navigate. In fact, many disparities in health and well-being are rooted in the earliest years of development. Living in a community with unstable housing is considered an adverse childhood experience, which can negatively impact optimal development in children.”

Read the fact sheet here.

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