ERIC Number: ED366677
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Who Are Homeless Families? A Profile of Homelessness in New York City.
Homes for the Homeless, Inc., New York, NY.; Institute for Children and Poverty, New York, NY.
This document presents results of a survey involving 400 homeless families on a number of social and economic factors, including family structure, housing history, employment background, educational attainment, and various interpersonal problems. The study sought to gain a greater understanding of the demographics surrounding homelessness. Findings include the following items: (1) almost 100 percent of the homeless families were headed by single women, the majority of whom were under age 25; (2) families had an average of two children; (3) 20 percent of the families had at least one child in foster care; (4) those heads of household who had passed in and out of the foster care system as children subsequently suffered greater degrees of deprivation and poverty than those parents who did not have foster care histories; (5) the majority of homeless families had little or no access to health care, the deprivation of which disproportionately affects children; (6) almost 45 percent of the families had never been primary tenants, and an additional 25 percent had been evicted from their last apartment primarily as a result of obvious financial problems; and (7) the majority of families lacked strong support systems or the independent living skills necessary to face the challenges of urban poverty. The report concludes with a description of the Homes for the Homeless Residential Independent Living service model program. Four tables provide statistical data. (GLR)
Descriptors: Child Abuse, Child Neglect, Daily Living Skills, Demography, Economically Disadvantaged, Ethnic Groups, Family Characteristics, Family Structure, Family Violence, Foster Care, Foster Children, Health Needs, Homeless People, Housing Needs, Intervention, Job Training, One Parent Family, Policy Formation, Poverty, Research, Surveys, Unwed Mothers, Urban Areas
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Homes for the Homeless, Inc., New York, NY.; Institute for Children and Poverty, New York, NY.
Identifiers: New York (New York)