Child Homelessness: WHYY Radio Times Segment

Child homelessness is more of an issue than ever with a recent report by The National Center on Family Homelessness citing that 1 in 30 children in America were homeless during 2013, an 8% national increase from 2012.  While many reasons can be cited from the economic recession, to poverty, to a lack of available housing; it is important to recognize the role of trauma in this social problem.  During this episode of Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane on WHYY-Philadelphia, three panelists describe the importance of moving from asking “what is wrong with you” to “what happened to you,” the fundamental component of Trauma Informed Care practice and The Sanctuary Model.  If providers and policies are able to “introduce dignity, choice, and respect” back into the lives of the individuals and families experiencing homelessness, it “opens up the possibilities for change and growth.”  We will be able to break the cycle of homelessness for children, help mothers and their families to heal from trauma, and grow together as members of a larger community.