Homelessness Dr. Patricia Abbitt February 23,2011

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7/7/11 Homelessness Became a more prevalent and noticeable phenomenon in the 1970’s and 1980’s In the 1980’s, incomes and housing options for those on the margins diminished In 2007, 25% of people living on the streets were families In 2008, an increase in family
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7/7/11 Homeless United States Department of Housing and Urban Development……”living in public or private emergency shelters or in the streets, parks, subways, bus terminals, railroad stations, airports, under bridges or aqueducts, abandoned buildings without utilities, cars, tracks, or any public or private spaces not designated for shelter”
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7/7/11 Three Categories of Homelessness One short stay in homeless shelter Episodically move in and out of homeless shelters, but do not remain homeless for a long period of time Continuously homeless with periods of homelessness for at least a year or at least three periods of homelessness in three years Latest census of the homeless
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7/7/11 Where do they sleep?? St. Francis House, room for 35, sometimes expands to 65 or nearly 100. On really cold nights, the floors are covered with mattresses, sleeping bags and blankets. Tent cities…. .groups of people in the woods, sleeping in tents with tarps Temporary stays in hotels, often
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7/7/11 Homeless Veterans One third of the homeless population has performed military service Nearly one half of homeless vets served during Vietnam Two thirds served in the military for at least three years One third were in a war zone
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7/7/11 Homeless Veterans Most are male, single, in urban settings 56% of homeless veterans are African American or Hispanic, despite being 12.8 and 15.4% of the population, respectively
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