Housing is an issue that is faced by every country across the globe. There is a vast amount of research linking housing issues to adults but the direct link between housing and children is often overlooked. The availability of decent affordable housing is a problem affecting many families and has become an even more pressing matter since the COVID-19 pandemic.
Studies have drawn a direct link between quality, location, and affordability of housing on a child’s ability to thrive. It has been shown that children develop alongside their environment, thus poor housing conditions effects a child’s wellbeing. A child’s health is also impacted negatively due to poor housing- leading to illnesses that may cause them to miss school and impacting their learning and development. In some countries, an estimated 535 million children live in conflict zones and are quite often forced to flee, putting them at risk of severe diseases, violence and exploitation.
Too many children around the world are being left behind in many aspects of live due to poor or no housing conditions. Whilst efforts are being made to end this key issue there is still a long way to go to ensure their development is not effected but also the development of future societies.