ERIC Number: ED317641
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Dec
A Status Report on Hunger and Homelessness in America's Cities: 1989. A 27-City Survey.
United States Conference of Mayors, Washington, DC.
This document comprises a report on the status of hunger and homelessness during 1989 in 27 major American cities. A survey was used to gather the following information: (1) demand for emergency food and shelter assistance and the capacity to meet the demand; (2) causes of hunger and homelessness and the demographics of the affected populations; (3) availability of low-income housing; and (4) outlook for 1990. The following summary findings are reported: (1) emergency food assistance demand rose by 19 percent, but 17 percent of the demand was unmet; (2) emergency food assistance demand was expected to rise in 89 percent of the cities; (3) emergency shelter demand rose by 25 percent, but 22 percent of the demand was unmet, even though the number of emergency shelter beds increased by 13 percent and transitional housing units by 25 percent; (4) lack of affordable low-income housing, especially for families with children, was cited as the chief cause of both hunger and homelessness; (5) the homeless population is composed of 46 percent single men, 36 percent families with children, 14 percent single women, and 4 percent unaccompanied youth; (6) the demand for low-income housing increased by 72 percent, but only 29 percent of the demand was met; (7) none of the cities expect to be able to meet future demand for low-income housing due to the decline in Federal housing programs. Statistical data are included on three tables and one graph. The following material is appended: (1) statistical data on the population, poverty, and unemployment in the survey cities; (2) a 5-year comparison of statistical data on hunger and homelessness in American cities; (3) a copy of the survey questionnaire; and (4) a list of members of the U.S. Conference of Mayors' Task Force on Hunger and Homelessness. (FMW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: United States Conference of Mayors, Washington, DC.
Note: For earlier report, see ED 315 465.