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Advances in Pediatrics

The Health of Homeless Children Revisited

      Homelessness in America steadily declined through the 1950s and 1960s and ceased to be viewed as a problem during the 1970s [
      • Rossi P.H.
      The old homeless and the new in historical perspective.
      ]. It then began to re-emerge and, based on a finding that homelessness could no longer be ignored, the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act was passed by Congress and signed into law in July 1987 [

      U.S. House of Representatives. Urgent Relief for the Homeless Act. Hearings before the Subcommittee on Housing and Community Development on the Committee on Banking, Finance and Urban Affairs. Washington, DC: 1987. Serial No. 100–3.

      ]. This legislation protects access to health care and a free, appropriate public education for the homeless.
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