Homeless presentation 2011

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Presented by the Homeless Issues Partnership, this presentation was the results from the Point In Time survey conducted in January of 2011 which gathered information from homeless individuals in Corpus Christi.

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Homeless presentation 2011

  1. 1. HOMELESS SUMMIT May 6, 2011
  2. 2. Pamela S. Meyer, Ph.D. Professor of SociologyTexas A&M University-Corpus Christi
  3. 3. Thanks to all who participated in thePoint-In-Time Survey City of Corpus Christi HIP Board Community Volunteers TAMUCC students and faculty
  4. 4. METHODSThe survey included questions concerning: 1) basic demographic information such asage, sex, marital status, educationalattainment veteran status and race/ethnicity; 2) history of homelessness; 3) access to health care; 4) disabilities; and 5) services received and needed
  5. 5. METHODS  The survey was administered to homeless persons on the street and in shelters using the “known locations” methodology.  Locations throughout the Corpus Christi and Nueces County area where homeless persons are known to congregate were identified.
  6. 6. METHODS Teams of survey interviewers canvassed each location on January 25 from 4:30-8:30 p.m. and surveyed and counted all persons in the area who identified themselves as homeless. One team went to Timmons Ministries from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on January 25 to interview the homeless who frequent this establishment for lunch.
  7. 7. Valid INTERVIEW LOCATION Frequency Percent Percent On street 25 3.9 3.9 Ark 35 5.4 5.4 Charlies Place 40 6.2 6.2 Hope House 8 1.2 1.2 Good Samaritan 126 19.5 19.5 Mission 911 10 1.5 1.6 Metro Ministries 93 14.4 14.4 Rainbow/Rustic Recovery Contacts 28 4.3 4.3 Salvation Army 59 9.1 9.1 Search for Truth 18 2.8 2.8 Victory Home 39 6.0 6.0 Wenholz House 59 9.1 9.1 Womens Shelter 14 2.2 2.2 Robstown/Rev. beck 68 10.5 10.5 Timons/Flour Bluff 23 3.6 3.6 Total 645 99.8 100.0 Missing 1 .2TOTAL 646 100.0
  8. 8. DEMOGRAPHICS: NUMBER 646 SURVEYS  of these 220 “counted” ADULTS = 611 CHILDREN= 129* TOTAL = 740 *noted in surveys and 35 from ARK
  9. 9. DEMOGRAPHICS: AGE AND SEX(N=538 FOR SEX; N= 485 FOR AGE)  Respondent’s Age CC Mean: 43.12 years TX Mean: 43.00 years  Male: 46.72 years  Female: 34.52 years
  10. 10. DEMOGRAPHICS: RACE/ETHNICITY(N=477)
  11. 11. DEMOGRAPHICS: HISPANIC(N=415)
  12. 12. DEMOGRAPHICS: EDUCATION(N =402)
  13. 13. DEMOGRAPHICS: WHERE BORN(N=405)  Majority of respondents were born in Texas  Only 6 were foreign born
  14. 14. DEMOGRAPHICS: MARITAL STATUS(N=402)
  15. 15. DEMOGRAPHICS: FAMILY TYPE(N=402)
  16. 16. DEMOGRAPHICS: VETERANS(N=401)  Veterans were 18.20% of local sample. • Veterans were 20% of Texas sample in 2010.  30% of local veterans receive veteran’s benefits.  The majority served in Vietnam (47.1%). • 13.7% served in Desert Storm (Kuwait)
  17. 17. ON PAROLE OR PROBATION?
  18. 18. WHERE SLEPT?(N=428 for last night; N=420 for normally)
  19. 19. DIAGNOSED DISABILITY? Of the 390 who answered this question, 49.7% of the respondents reported having a diagnosed disability• Mental illness was the most frequent response followed by alcohol and drug abuse
  20. 20. REPORTED DIAGNOSED DISABILITIES
  21. 21. LENGTH OF HOMELESSNESS
  22. 22. LENGTH OF HOMELESSNESS
  23. 23. LENGTH OF HOMELESSNESS(N=402)
  24. 24. REASONS FOR BECOMING HOMELESS
  25. 25. REASONS FOR REMAINING HOMELESS
  26. 26. REASONS FOR BECOMING HOMELESSBY RESPONDENT’S SEX
  27. 27. REASONS FOR BECOMING HOMELESSBY RESPONDENT’S SEX Women are more likely (than men) to become homeless due to:  Domestic violence  Family/personal illness  Eviction Men are more likely (than women) to become homeless due to:  Incarceration
  28. 28. EMPLOYMENT STATUS(N=407)
  29. 29. EMPLOYMENT STATUS 50.5% of those surveyed are employed full-time (n=55) Of those who work full-time, 58.2% have regular employment
  30. 30. EMPLOYMENT STATUS 49.5% of those surveyed are employed part-time (n=54) Of those who work part-time, 50% have regular employment
  31. 31. SERVICES(actual number who answered question)
  32. 32. SERVICES(% of those who answered question)
  33. 33. MOST NEEDED SERVICES When asked what services respondents needed the MOST, the top answers to the open ended question were:• HOUSING (N=90)• JOB PLACEMENT (N=57)• SOCIAL SECURITY/SSI (N=40)• DENTAL CARE (N=27)• TRANSPORTATION (N=18)• MEDICAL CARE (N=16)• JOB TRAINING (N=13)
  34. 34. CHILDREN Children make up 17.4% of the homeless count/survey. SEX:Male = 56% Female = 44%• 9% receive child support.• 12.3% receive services through CPS.
  35. 35. CHILDREN: AGE(N=129)
  36. 36. SUMMARY• Majority are white and non-Hispanic• Majority are male• Majority are single (80.2%) but a significant percentage are families with children (14.6%)• 39.5% of those surveyed reported having cases of chronic homelessness (4 or more episodes of homelessness in last 3 years)• Permanent housing was the most frequent “need” reported followed by dental care and job placement
  37. 37. THINK ABOUT IT!“There are different categories of homelessness.Some homeless people have mental problems,some have drinking problems, some just ran outof luck, and some are dealing with a combinationof issues. You can’t have a one-size-fits-all policy.You have to have a number of programs focusedon different aspects of the problem.” -David Snow and Leon AndersonDown on Their Luck: A Study of Homeless Street People (1993)
  38. 38. MOTHER TERESA NOTESAt the end of life we will not be judged by howmany diplomas we have received, how muchmoney we have made, how many great things wehave done. We will be judged by I was hungryand you gave me to eat, I was naked and youclothed me, I was homeless and you took me in.Hungry not only for bread - but hungry for love.Naked not only for clothing - but naked forhuman dignity and respect. Homeless not onlyfor want of a room of bricks - but homelessbecause of rejection.
  39. 39. Thanks for all you do!

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