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Pregnant women with housing instability – unable to pay rent, make frequent moves, live doubled up and in overcrowded conditions, and/or experience periods of homelessness – have nearly three times the rate of preterm births and seven times the rate of babies born with low birthweight.

Case managers from home visiting programs in Baltimore City estimate that at least 70% of their clients cannot pay their rent, have to double up, and/or move frequently. BHB is working with home visiting programs to develop innovative ways to follow women with high-risk pregnancies during frequent moves. Improving shelter policies for pregnant women and increasing access to permanent scattered-site housing in the city are among the recommendations under consideration by the BHB Housing Task Force.

Click here to read more about housing instability and its impact on birth outcomes.

 

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Baltimore City Health Department,
The Family League of Baltimore, and
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield