The crisis in housing for the poor : homelessness Public Deposited

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  • The purpose is to investigate the number, causes, services denied, and reasons for denial of services to homeless families with children--single parent families (female and male) and couples--in a tri-county region, Linn, Benton and Lincoln counties, Oregon. The data for this study were obtained from monthly survey forms (July 1992- December 1995) completed by Linn, Benton, and Lincoln county agencies funded by the Community Services Consortium (CSC). In fiscal years 1993-1995, the homeless and at risk of homelessness family population (n=2825) received assistance in the form of emergency shelter, transitional housing, motel/hotel voucher, information and referral, case management, crisis intervention, meals, rent mortgage assistance, and utility assistance. The analysis includes descriptive and inferential statistics, chi-square. The number of homeless families served yearly over a three year period beginning July 1, 1992-June 30, 1995 did not differ. There was also no difference (p=.258) in the number of homeless families served by family type. The causes of homelessness in Linn, Benton and Lincoln counties were multiple. Single female parent families most self reported cause was domestic violence (52.71%). Lack of affordable housing and (40.96% and 26.07%, respectively) unemployment (21.69% and 27.15%, respectively) were the more frequent self reported causes of homelessness for single male parent families and couples with children. The three services most denied to homeless families had to do with shelter--emergency shelter (n=234), rent and mortgage assistance (n=181), and motel/hotel voucher (n=83). The two reasons given most frequently by agencies for the denial of services to homeless families were that the shelter was full (47.21%) and program was out of funds (23.04%). The findings of this study will benefit government and non profit organizations, including churches, for the opportunity to better supply the types of services needed, by improved allocation and use of funds, and to organize volunteers. By doing this they can help homeless families regain independence as quickly as possible to become healthy and productive citizens.
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