Florida Public Health Review

Publication Date

June 2011


Homeless children are at risk for numerous health maintenance, academic performance, job preparedness, and emotional well- being issues. The effects of poverty multiply with time, posing greater risks the longer children are entrenched in homelessness. Expansive, holistic programming can address the special needs ofhomeless children. One-on-one mentoring offers a viable strategy to prevent morbidity emanating from homelessness by providing personal attention, encouragement, and affirmation to these vulnerable children, who with time, may develop a more defined self-identity that results in motivation and success.