Erb-Downward brings awareness to childhood homelessness

With the pandemic exacerbating homelessness, Jennifer Erb-Downward, senior research associate at U-M Poverty Solutions, is bringing attention to the problem of homelessness among children.

“People tend to think about a single man living on the street with a substance use problem or a mental or physical disability. We have to address this, but that is not the majority of people who are homeless,” Erb-Downward said. “Many more children are experiencing homelessness than single adult men. People view homelessness as a very distant thing, not as something they know, not as something happening in their community. It’s always ‘the person on the street with a drug problem.’ It’s actually the child sitting two desks away from your child in class.”

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