ERIC Number: ED359400
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Education for Homeless Adults. The 1989-1990 Report.
Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC. Div. of Adult Education and Literacy.
As in the first year of the Adult Education for the Homeless (AEH) Program, a majority of second- and third-year projects tended to focus on either delivery of services in urban areas or on a statewide approach. A few states continued an approach that resulted in service primarily to women. The number of homeless adults served in year 2 increased 60 percent over year 1 but then declined in year 3 for two reasons: some "high number" states did not receive year 3 funds and projects using year 3 funds placed priority on program quality over numbers served. The largest number served were between the ages of 25-44 and were males, although females predominated in eight states in the third year. The single largest population served continued to be white. Of a total staff of 2,000 in year 2, 50 percent were volunteers. For year 3, 57 percent of the total staff of 1,370 were volunteers. Barriers to success in both years included the following: participants who left a shelter or moved away from the program area, shelter limitations, existential factors, and program limitations. Program elements that promoted success were additional funding sources, coordinated services, and program locations. Instructional elements that promoted success included life planning, family literacy, stress management, and mastery of instruction in small, self-contained units. Recommendations were made for improvement in the areas of instructional program, staff training, evaluation, and program support. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Daily Living Skills, Economically Disadvantaged, Homeless People, Housing Needs, Job Placement, Job Training, Literacy Education, National Programs, Poverty, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, State Programs, Unemployment, Welfare Recipients, Womens Education
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC. Div. of Adult Education and Literacy.