ERIC Number: ED297039
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
The Continuing Growth of Hunger, Homelessness, and Poverty in America's Cities: 1987. A 26-City Survey.
Reyes, Lilia M.; Waxman, Laura DeKoven
This survey assesses the status of hunger, homelessness, and poverty in cities in the United States during 1987. The findings include the following: (1) the number of the homeless and the poor had increased and was expected to continue to increase; (2) the demand for emergency food assistance and emergency shelter assistance had increased and was expected to increase; (3) emergency food and shelter facilities must turn away some of those in need due to lack of resources; (4) the causes of hunger were unemployment, inadequate income assistance levels, and poverty; (5) the causes of homelessness were the lack of affordable low-income housing, mental illness, and unemployment; (6) every city used local funds and state or Federal grants to support programs for the hungry and the homeless; (7) the demand by low-income households for housing assistance increased; (8) assisted housing programs were serving one-third of the eligible low-income families; (9) none of the survey cities expected to be able to meet the housing needs of low-income households in the future due to declining Federal assistance; (10) unemployment either decreased or remained constant, but those figures did not reflect discouraged workers; and (11) while 64 percent of the cities reported that they had benefited from the national economic recovery, 81 percent said that the economic recovery had not helped hungry, homeless, or other poor people. Statistical tables, a copy of the survey questionnaire, and comments from respondents are included. (FMW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: United States Conference of Mayors, Washington, DC.