ERIC Number: ED418177
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar-1
Reference Count: N/A
South Dakota's 1996 Homeless Report. Homeless, Not Hopeless.
South Dakota State Dept. of Education and Cultural Affairs, Pierre.
To study the number and status of homeless people in South Dakota, a questionnaire was mailed to approximately 701 persons who were likely to have knowledge of homeless people. Responses were received from 349 people. Estimated numbers of homeless people include those who live with others because they lack adequate resources to maintain a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence of their own. The total estimated number of homeless adults, children, and youth in South Dakota in 1996 was 13,066. The average adult was likely to be a single woman with children (40%) or a man living alone (26%). The adult was either living doubled-up with others or in a shelter. The largest numbers of homeless adults were in cities or on reservations. Some 47% of the homeless adults in South Dakota were Native Americans, while 40% were White, and 13% "other." The "average" homeless child or youth in South Dakota in 1996 was probably living in a privately operated domestic abuse shelter with his or her mother. Tutorial support was among the high-priority needs of these children and adolescents. Most of the state's homeless children were Native American (58%), while 37% were White, and 5% "other." Like the homeless adults, most lived in cities or on reservations. Most of these children (93.3%) were attending school, and guardianship issues were the greatest difficulty in enrollment, with transportation second. A chart lists numbers of homeless adults and children by town or county. The study survey is attached. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: South Dakota State Dept. of Education and Cultural Affairs, Pierre.
Identifiers - Location: South Dakota