Full house? How Overcrowded Housing Affects Families

By: Liam Reynolds
Published: October 2005

Full House? How Overcrowded Housing Affects Families

Three quarters of the overcrowded families surveyed had children sharing a bedroom with a parent or parents.  More than a quarter had children sleeping in living or dining rooms. Three quarters of families strongly agreed that their sleep was regularly disturbed because of their living conditions. Cramped living conditions harm family relationships, negatively affect children's education and cause depression, stress and anxiety.