ERIC Number: ED306349
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986-May
Reference Count: N/A
Recognizing the Needs of the Homeless.
France, Joseph B.
This paper summarizes reports and research on the homeless in the United States, presents findings of a survey of Red Cross chapters on services to the homeless, and describes programs for the homeless of selected Red Cross chapters. Section 1 discusses definitions of homelessness and methodologies used to count homeless people. The homeless are grouped into the following three major categories: (1) the chronically disabled; (2) people in crises; and (3) the economically impacted. The following five major reasons for homelessness are cited: (1) deinstitutionalization of the mentally disabled; (2) shortage of low-income housing; (3) reduction in disability benefits; (4) low levels of assistance; and (5) domestic violence. Programmatic assistance for the homeless from the public and private sectors is summarized. This section ends with a select bibliography and three charts. Section 2 reproduces the Chapter Services to the Homeless Survey and presents summary and detailed findings in eight tables and a graph. Section 3 consists of program profiles of Red Cross chapter activities for the homeless in the following localities: (1) Greater New York; (2) Dallas County (Texas); (3) Dayton Area (Ohio); (4) Greater Milwaukee (Wisconsin); (5) Indianapolis Area (Indiana); (6) Los Angeles County (California); and (7) Pikes Peak (Colorado). The profiles include project descriptions, addresses, and contact persons. (AF)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American National Red Cross, Washington, DC.