so long ago, women and children were rare at rescue missions and
shelters. How times have changed! Today, homeless women with children
are more common than ever. According to some estimates, between
70% and 90% of homeless families in America are headed by women.
Even more significant, the population of homeless families has increased
by 35% since 1989."
best way to find a women's shelter is to call 211
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to see if 211 is active in your state.
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is the quickest and best way I have found to search for a women's
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are a rising statistic among the homeless population.
Many women become homeless due to domestic violence. This
points to a link between an ineffective criminal response
system and the onset of female homelessness. In a study
of 24 formerly homeless women in NY it was found that
their time in shelters "paled in comparison to the
epic and tragic nature of these women's ongoing difficulties...
in fact for some women, experiences of the shelter system
provided temporary respite from the harsher reality they
faced prior to and/or following their shelter stay."
(Styron et al 2000). The common themes among the women
were poverty, neglect, abuse, troubled interpersonal relationships
and mental health concerns. (Styron et al 2000). Many
people ask of abused women "why don't they leave?"
The answer: "For some women, their escape means long
durations of unacceptable living conditions or homelessness.
According to shelter statistics, the wait for subsidized
housing is anywhere from 3 weeks to 5 years (sic) despite
the existence of a special priority for placement for
victims of abuse." (Sev'er 2002) The fear of homelessness
locks many women into abusive relationships.
number of the women had moved as many as six times within
the past five years for various reasons, including domestic
violence, interpersonal conflict, overcrowding, and eviction.
Identified needs included housing, food, clothing, and
transportation. The needs of homeless women and their
children were different from the needs of the homeless
chronically mentally ill and require specialized services
as well as an increase in the available number of lowincome
housing units (authors)." Authors: Khanna, M., Singh,
N.N., Nemil, M., Best, A., Ellis, C.R. Title: Homeless
Women and Their Families: Characteristics, Life Circumstances,
and Needs. Source: Journal of Child and Family Studies
1(2): 155-165, 1992. (Journal Article: 11 pages)
'This article analyzes
both homeless shelters and battered women's shelters in
Phoenix, Az., and points to the striking similarities
in reasons for seeking emergency housing in both types
of shelters. Specifically women discuss similarly impoverished
circumstances and often indicate that their past histories
include abusive partners. Partly, the similarity in these
stories can be traced to overlapping populations of the
two types of
shelters. Women may enter a homeless shelter after spending
thirty days in a battered women's shelter, and some may
enter homeless shelters instead of battered women's shelters
due to availability, later curfews, and a variety of other
reasons. The author concludes that the overlap in populations
and the similarities among women's stories suggest a complex
connection between battering and homelessness (author)."
Authors: Williams, J.C. Title: Domestic Violence and Poverty:
The Narratives of Homeless Women. Source: Frontiers: A
Journal of Women Studies 19(2): 143-165, 1998. (Journal
Article: 23 pages)
"Much of the literature on homelessness never mentions
woman battering as a cause of homelessness. The United
States Conference of Mayors listed lack of affordable
housing, mental illness, unemployment, poverty or the
lack of income, and inadequate benefit levels in public
assistance programs as the causes of homelessness
in American cities. Studies of homeless women and families
traditionally exclude battered women's shelters, presumably
because their residents are unrepresentative of the homeless.
However, the reality is that battered women and their
children comprise a significant proportion of occupants
of homeless shelters. This articles examines conflicting
theories of causes of homelessness, the extent and cost
of abuse to women, the effects of battering on children
and proposals to minimize homelessness among battered
women (author). Authors: Zorza, J. Title: Woman Battering:
A Major Cause of Homelessness. Source: Clearinghouse Review
Special Issue: 412-429, 1991. (Journal Article: 10 pages)
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