ERIC Number: ED405963
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Homeless in Michigan: Voices of the Children. A Report from KIDS COUNT in Michigan.
Dohoney, Jo M.; Reiling, Denise
Because homeless children are often a hidden group, staying with friends or relatives for brief or long periods, and occasionally spilling into the roughly 150 private emergency shelters and domestic violence programs in Michigan, their numbers are difficult to define. This Kids Count! study interviewed 25 children of 25 homeless families residing in homeless shelters in Michigan. Rather than being a statistical profile of homeless children, the purpose of the interviews was to gain understanding of the human dimension of child homelessness. The interviews revealed several issues related to child homelessness, all centered on loss: of privacy, of a sense of belonging, of certainty, of family and other relationships, of status, of free time, of trust in parental power, and of belief in a safe world. Among all the families interviewed, the primary cause of homelessness was the lack of adequate income to obtain and keep decent housing. Results suggest that the best strategy for reducing homelessness is to help families maintain stable housing in safe neighborhoods. The conclusion includes a discussion of implications for the long-term impact of homelessness on the state of Michigan and policy options addressing some of the most pressing problems and issues in this study. (WJC)
Descriptors: Childhood Needs, Children, Disadvantaged Youth, Family Environment, Government Role, Homeless People, Housing Needs, Poverty, State Government
Kids Count in Michigan, 300 North Washington Square, Suite 401, Lansing, MI 48933; phone: 800-837-5436; fax: 517-371-4546; e-mail: HN0809@Handsnet.org ($5 plus tax).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.
Authoring Institution: Kids Count in Michigan, Lansing.
Identifiers - Location: Michigan