Research Proposal Homeless
A homeless person is an individual without permanent housing who may live on the streets; stay in a shelter, mission, single room occupancy facilities, abandoned building or vehicle; or in any other unstable or non-permanent situation. ("National Health Care for The Homeless Council", 2016). In El Paso Area, there are more than 20 homeless shelters, some are for families, single men, domestic violence victims and for substance abuse users. All shelter has rules and conditions individuals must follow.
The majority of homeless individuals are men. 84% of currently homeless men are single adults ages 25–54, 9% are 55 or older, and 7% are 18–24. (Because youth often avoid homeless services, they may have been underrepresented in this sample.) In general, homeless men are older than homeless women. ("Healing Hands", June 2001). The women were also younger than men, more likely to be members of a minority group, and more often dependent on welfare. They had been homeless for a shorter period and spent less time in unsheltered locations. Compared to men, they had less frequent histories of substance abuse, incarceration, and felony conviction. (Smith, 1993). “On average our homeless population is 88% male and 12% female... we are seeing an increase in homeless single women. ("Opportunity Center for The Homeless", 2011).
We believe there is more homeless men than women in El Paso. El Paso only has three shelters where men are allowed to stay. Salvation Army, The Opportunity Center and the Rescue Mission are the shelters that allow men to stay, all the other shelters around El Paso are for women and families (however the families have to present a marriage license or proof of marriage documentation). Our hypothesis is unmeasurable due to not all individual go into a homeless shelter, also we are a border city and many people come and go, it will be sort off impossible to count all of them. Many men are embarrassed to ask for...