Testimony by Win in response to proposed amendments to Article 47 of the NYC Health Code governing child care in shelters

We know that homeless families with children contend with unique challenges as they work to leave shelter for a permanent home. Homelessness wreaks chaos on the familiar routines, spaces, and relationships that everyone, but especially young children, rely on for safety, comfort, and learning. In addition to the inherent stress of homelessness, a disproportionate number of moms in shelter have already experienced violence, abuse, and involvement with child welfare agencies as children.