ZERO TO THREE Releases Brief on the Impact of Eviction Moratorium on Babies

ZERO TO THREE released a brief on March 22 about the impact of the eviction moratorium on babies. The brief explores the greater risk of eviction faced by families with children, developmental impacts of housing instability and homelessness, which populations are covered by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) moratorium, and what needs to be done to keep babies housed. The brief calls on Congress to act immediately to extend, expand, strengthen, and enforce the eviction moratorium through the duration of the public health crisis. ZERO TO THREE is a member of the Opportunity Starts at Home multisector affordable home campaign’s Roundtable.

“Even pre-pandemic, it has been shown that households with children face a higher risk of eviction than households without children,” the brief states. “One study found that a one percent increase in the percentage of children in a neighborhood is associated with a 6.5 percent increase in the number of evictions.  In a time where families across the nation are struggling to meet their most basic needs – like keeping a roof over their heads, purchasing diapers, nutritious food, and paying for utilities – these facts are especially disturbing. An extended, expanded, and enforced moratorium is sorely needed for overburdened and under-resourced families.”

Read the full brief here.

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