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Long-Term and Chronic Homelessness in Homeless Women and Women With Children

Long-Term and Chronic Homelessness in Homeless Women and Women With Children The Chronic Homelessness initiative has directed millions of federal dollars to services for single “unaccompanied homeless” individuals, specifically excluding women living with their children. Using a data set with a nationally representative sample of homeless adults, we calculated the prevalence rates and profiles of long-term homelessness in homeless women (n = 849). With the exception of the criterion of being a single “unaccompanied individual,” many women, including women with children, met the criteria for chronic homelessness including having a disability of mental health or substance abuse problems. Our findings suggest that the federal definition of chronic homelessness needs to be revised. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Social Work In Public Health Taylor & Francis

Long-Term and Chronic Homelessness in Homeless Women and Women With Children

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Publisher
Taylor & Francis
Copyright
Copyright Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
ISSN
1937-190x
eISSN
1937-1918
DOI
10.1080/19371910903178797
pmid
20818593
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Abstract

The Chronic Homelessness initiative has directed millions of federal dollars to services for single “unaccompanied homeless” individuals, specifically excluding women living with their children. Using a data set with a nationally representative sample of homeless adults, we calculated the prevalence rates and profiles of long-term homelessness in homeless women (n = 849). With the exception of the criterion of being a single “unaccompanied individual,” many women, including women with children, met the criteria for chronic homelessness including having a disability of mental health or substance abuse problems. Our findings suggest that the federal definition of chronic homelessness needs to be revised.

Journal

Social Work In Public HealthTaylor & Francis

Published: Aug 31, 2010

Keywords: Homelessness; mental illness; substance abuse; family; children

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