Characteristics of the homeless today 66 single 68

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Characteristics of the Homeless today 66 % single 68 % male 80 % aged 25 to 54 28 % less than a high school education 23 % veterans 41 % white, 40 % black, 11 % Hispanic, 9 % other One-third: children (child abuse, abandonment)
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Social problems Idea: “just like you and me” not accurate Most - high levels of social disabilities Four out of 10 – jail time 62 % - alcohol problems 58 % - drug problems 57 % - mental-health problems Decreasing tolerance for street people
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Disappearing SRO housing Single-room-occupancy (SRO) units 80% decreased in last two decades Reagan and senior Bush years (1980–1992) – 70% cuts to federally subsidized programs Today: alternative social communities created by homeless, cities & non-profits invested in new SROs
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Urban crime Crime and Perceptions of Crime People’s perceptions – different from reality Crime & cities do not necessarily go together Urban crime (property and violent) declined - 1993 to 2012 U.S. - highest crime rate of developed nations, excluding Russia Broken Windows Theory Best way to control crime is to prevent it – concentrate police on preventing minor crimes (drunkenness, vandalism) Keeping “sense of order” within neighborhoods preventative Teenage population decreasing (notably less young males)
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Crime Crime and City Size Urban myth: larger the city, higher the crime rate U.S. homicide rate higher than other developed countries
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