ERIC Number: ED451286
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
The Other America: Homeless Families in the Shadow of the New Economy. Family Homelessness in Kentucky, Tennessee and the Carolinas. A Report of Homes for the Homeless.
Institute for Children and Poverty, New York, NY.; Homes for the Homeless, Inc., New York, NY.
This report describes a survey of homeless families from shelters in Kentucky, Tennessee, and the Carolinas. The typical family included a 32-year-old single woman with two young children who was more likely to be African American, had a high school education, and had a 50-50 chance of being employed. Most children attended preschool, most were enrolled in school, and 15 percent repeated grades. The main reason families became homeless was finances. Costs of basic family needs exceeded income in most working families. Nearly 20 percent said lack of affordable child care was the main reason for not working. Over 40 percent of parents were working. Nearly half were on waiting lists for Section 8 rental subsidies. Many did not receive traditional forms of government assistance. Parents struggled with long-standing effects of childhood poverty, substance abuse, and domestic violence. Homelessness negatively affected child health. About 17 percent of parents said their children became sad, depressed, or anxious, and 18 percent said their children became angry and aggressive since becoming homeless. Over half of the children had changed schools twice in the last year. Nearly one in three missed over 10 days of school. (SM)
Descriptors: Child Health, Children, Elementary Secondary Education, Homeless People, Mental Health, Parents, Poverty, State Aid, Welfare Services, Working Poor
Homes for the Homeless, Institute for Children and Poverty, 36 Cooper Square, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10003. Tel: 212-529-5252; Fax: 212-529-7698; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. For full text: http://www.homesforthehomeless.com.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Institute for Children and Poverty, New York, NY.; Homes for the Homeless, Inc., New York, NY.
Identifiers - Location: Kentucky; North Carolina; South Carolina; Tennessee