ERIC Number: ED313607
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-May
Reference Count: N/A
Homelessness in Augusta, Georgia. Preliminary Report.
George, Shirley A.; Bennett, Gerald
Two studies examined homelessness in Augusta, Georgia. The Key Informant Survey, conducted in 1987, involved interviewing individuals (N=42) knowledgeable about homeless people in the community. In the Shelter and Street Surveys of homeless people, conducted in March (N=51) and July (N=71) of 1988, homeless subjects were interviewed concerning demographics; history of housing and homelessness; family and friendships; employment, income, and other financial assistance; perceptions of shelter services in Augusta; history of treatment for addiction and mental illness; general health status and access to health care; and experiences with the criminal justice system. The findings revealed that the homeless subjects were predominantly male and unmarried. There were nearly twice as many homeless persons in shelters and on the street during July as during March. It appears that the street population of homeless increases significantly during the summer. This population was found to be extremely poor with many reporting lengthy periods of unemployment and homelessness. A substantial proportion of Augusta's homeless reported experience with treatment in substance abuse and/or psychiatric settings. (Survey instruments are appended. Further study will hope to include additional findings in the areas of general health status, access to health care, mental health status, perception of shelter services, social networks, and experiences with the criminal justice system.) (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Georgia Medical Coll., Augusta. School of Nursing.
Identifiers - Location: Georgia