ERIC Number: ED348641
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Faces of Homelessness: A Teacher's Guide.
Massachusetts State Dept. of Education, Quincy.
A brief teacher's guide supplements a videotape of two 15-minute segments on homelessness. The stated objective of the video is to cover the issues of homelessness as they exist today and to dispel the stereotypes of homelessness leftover from earlier eras. A family which has found itself homeless is introduced and then aspects of the phenomenon of homelessness are examined. The demographics of the homeless population are reviewed briefly: single adults; families; battered women; and runaway youth. The multiple causes of homelessness are discussed: lack of affordable housing; deinstitutionalization; divorce/abandonment; unemployment; substance abuse; natural catastrophe; physical abuse; and eviction. The conditions faced by the homeless are mentioned: weather; violence; medical problems; poor diet; shelters for adults, battered women, families, and adolescents; and doubled-up homelessness. The objectives of the program for students are listed in the teacher's guide: (1) all types of people can find themselves homeless; (2) families are the fastest growing segment of the homeless population; (3) homelessness has both societal and personal causes; (4) shelters are an emergency response to homelessness, not a solution; and (5) homeless people live in a variety of settings, but one commonality is the lack of a fixed, adequate, and permanent residence. Discussion questions and activities are listed. (ABL)
Office for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth, Massachusetts Department of Education, 1385 Hancock Street, Quincy, MA 02169.
Publication Type: Non-Print Media; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts State Dept. of Education, Quincy.