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Unformatted text preview: Homelessness Things to Know & Think About
Things to know: What are the best current estimates of the number of homeless (all of them)? What are the contemporary populations of homeless people & how are they being served? Where can one work with the homeless? What is the name of current legislation targeting homeless families & what are the important points? Things to think about: Are the current needs of homeless families being served? What improvements could be made? Numbers of Homeless 650,000 on any given night (Urban Institute, 2000) Tough to count – Hidden homeless – Transient Why? Contributing Factors High cost of housing Low wages Lack of affordable health care Domestic violence Mental illness Addiction disorders Contemporary Populations Single parent families Causes Strengths Shelter rules: no boys over a certain age, leave at 7am, not child friendly, employees disciplining children, no snacks Contemporary Populations Runaway youth
– – – – – Single men, veterans, mentally ill, addicts Elderly Streets not shelters Survival behavior History of abuse Suspicious of adults Outsider status Working with the Homeless Emergency shelters Daytime dropin centers Transitional housing programs Domestic violence shelters Public housing Section 8 McKinneyVento Homeless Assistance Act of 1987 States funding for homeless children in the school system: – – – – – – – – same educational opportunities cannot segregate best interest of the child liaison immediate enrollment transportation unaccompanied youth case by case basis Parents don’t know! ...
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This note was uploaded on 01/24/2011 for the course FMSC 330 taught by Professor Grutzmacher during the Spring '09 term at Maryland.
- Spring '09