ERIC Number: ED316600
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Housing and Homelessness: A Report.
National Alliance to End Homelessness, Washington, DC.
This report focuses on options for rehousing the individuals and families who are currently homeless in America, and on strategies for preventing homelessness of additional people. As many as 736,000 persons are estimated to be homeless on any given night, and between 1.3 million and 2 million different individuals may experience homelessness at some point during the year. The following characteristics of the homeless are outlined: (1) families comprise about 25 to 33 percent of the homeless population, the majority of which are female-headed; (2) mentally-ill individuals and alcohol or substance abusers comprise 50 percent of the homeless; and (3) the remaining 25 percent of the homeless population includes employable individuals, those for whom some form of training is required before employment, and small segments comprised of the elderly, the physically disabled, and veterans. The following strategies are suggested: (1) expand the supply of low-income housing; (2) preserve the existing subsidized housing stock; (3) reassess welfare allotments; (4) improve single-room occupancy (SRO) housing; (5) reduce housing costs through innovative design and regulation; (6) create alliances among public, private, and nonprofit housing providers; and (7) develop counseling and assistance programs for those at risk of homelessness. Statistical data are included on four tables. Estimates of the homeless population by city, the results of local studies of the characteristics of the homeless, and a list of 38 references are appended. (FMW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Alliance to End Homelessness, Washington, DC.