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Phenomenon of Elderly Homelessness: A Group Study Presented By (in presentation order): Kris Murthi  Josephine Barrera You...
Where Our Study Began
A Story of Hope <ul><li>Once I was homeless. My home was a cardboard box covered by the shelter of a bridge. My drug of ch...
History of Homelessness <ul><li>In the year 1900 there were only 123,000 people over the age of 85 in the united states.  ...
Current Perspectives and Views Regarding Homelessness <ul><li>What is the nature of the problem from different perspective...
Current Issues and Trends <ul><li>Bad economy   </li></ul><ul><li>Expensive rent fee </li></ul><ul><li>2,101 of the county...
Causes <ul><li>Poverty </li></ul><ul><li>Decline in public assistance </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of affordable Housing </li></...
How Social Workers Assist <ul><li>What are the common roles of the Social Worker in this field  </li></ul><ul><li>of pract...
<ul><li>Social work embodies the meaning help and empowerment. It is not an  </li></ul><ul><li>easy task, but if you use t...
Helping Hands Make A Difference Lessons learned from this study… Through this project, I have learned that there's a lot t...
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Phenomenon Of Elderly Homelessness (Latest Ed.)

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In a Social Work class, my group and I were assigned to pick a topic of interest regarding social issues. We chose elderly homelessness. Partaking in this project really opened our eyes to how homelessness is a phenomenon that everyone should learn about.

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  1. 1. Phenomenon of Elderly Homelessness: A Group Study Presented By (in presentation order): Kris Murthi Josephine Barrera Younghoon Kwon Maria Gutierrez Alexander Le
  2. 2. Where Our Study Began
  3. 3. A Story of Hope <ul><li>Once I was homeless. My home was a cardboard box covered by the shelter of a bridge. My drug of choice was Meth, it was with me for 17 years. This addiction and life style caused me to be in and out of jail. The Salvation Army was my place for change and new found hope. Now I get to give back to my community by being the Executive Director of this facility. </li></ul><ul><li>~ Dan Guhc, Executive Director of Salvation Army, San Jose. </li></ul>
  4. 4. History of Homelessness <ul><li>In the year 1900 there were only 123,000 people over the age of 85 in the united states.  Now that number is about 2.3 million. </li></ul><ul><li>Out of that 2.3 million about 60,000 of them are homeless. </li></ul><ul><li>According to a 2005 American Community Survey by the United States Census Bureau, 9.9 %of the nation’s citizens 65 and older live below the poverty line. Among this growing population of older adults living in poverty are people forced to grow old in the streets and in shelters </li></ul><ul><li>Homeless persons aged 50-65 frequently fall between the cracks of governmental safety nets: while not technically old enough to qualify for Medicare, their physical health, mixed in with poor nutrition and severe living conditions, may resemble that of a 70-year-old. </li></ul><ul><li>Homeless adults have an age-adjusted mortality rate nearly 4 times that of the general population; their average life span is shorter than 45 years. </li></ul><ul><li>Increased homelessness among elderly persons is largely the result of poverty and the declining availability of affordable housing among certain segments of the aging. </li></ul><ul><li>It has also been shown that through out our nations history the elderly homeless have been the ones who are more vulnerable to hate crimes. </li></ul><ul><li>In 2006, 27% of the homeless victims of violent crimes were between 50-59 years of age </li></ul>
  5. 5. Current Perspectives and Views Regarding Homelessness <ul><li>What is the nature of the problem from different perspectives? </li></ul><ul><li>Poverty and low availability of affordable housing. (NCH Fact Sheet #15) </li></ul><ul><li>Theorists perceive homelessness as the result of interacting structural and individual </li></ul><ul><li>factors (Maureen 2005) </li></ul><ul><li>Bankruptcy (AARP bulletin today) </li></ul><ul><li>Not enough room in shelters (AARP bulletin today) and location of shelters (NCH) </li></ul><ul><li>What is the dominant view in the US at this time? </li></ul><ul><li>People ignore this problem, but people have been paying more attention because it is </li></ul><ul><li>affecting middle class (AARP bulletin today) </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. people do not believe that elderly may suffer from severe mental illness which may lead to homelessness (Rebecca A. Proehl) </li></ul><ul><li>Society is slow to accept the growing need for treatment services for homeless elderly. </li></ul><ul><li>(Proehl) </li></ul>
  6. 6. Current Issues and Trends <ul><li>Bad economy </li></ul><ul><li>Expensive rent fee </li></ul><ul><li>2,101 of the county’s homeless persons were sheltered </li></ul><ul><li>5,101 of the county’s homeless persons were unsheltered </li></ul><ul><li>Employment </li></ul><ul><li>19% are employed </li></ul><ul><li>=> 7% are employed full time </li></ul><ul><li>=> 12% are employed part time </li></ul><ul><li>Health problems </li></ul><ul><li> => High Mortality </li></ul><ul><li> => Unaware of public assistance and application process </li></ul><ul><li>Drug Addition </li></ul><ul><li>Addictions occur with trying economic times. For example, during the depression, alcohol was the drug of choice. Currently, with this economic time, meth has become the new drug of choice to self medicate or forget current situation. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Causes <ul><li>Poverty </li></ul><ul><li>Decline in public assistance </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of affordable Housing </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of affordable health care </li></ul><ul><li>Domestic violence </li></ul><ul><li>Mental illness </li></ul><ul><li>Addiction disorders </li></ul><ul><li>The loss of social networks and support </li></ul>
  8. 8. How Social Workers Assist <ul><li>What are the common roles of the Social Worker in this field </li></ul><ul><li>of practice? </li></ul><ul><li>Social Workers provide services that elderly homeless </li></ul><ul><li>need. </li></ul><ul><li>Service/Agency referrals </li></ul><ul><li>Counseling </li></ul><ul><li>Intervention </li></ul><ul><li>What were the most common practice settings/ </li></ul><ul><li>agencies? </li></ul><ul><li>Open 365 days a year. </li></ul><ul><li>Churches and Food banks </li></ul><ul><li>Permanent and emergency shelters </li></ul><ul><li>Available programs </li></ul><ul><li>What practice methods are used most by Social Workers in this field? </li></ul><ul><li>Focused on helping people in need by providing means for recipients to stay motivated in bettering their lives. </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Social work embodies the meaning help and empowerment. It is not an </li></ul><ul><li>easy task, but if you use the good results you achieve as your </li></ul><ul><li>motivation, social work is more than satisfying. </li></ul><ul><li> ~ Dan Guhc, Executive Director of Salvation Army, San Jose. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Helping Hands Make A Difference Lessons learned from this study… Through this project, I have learned that there's a lot to do for the elderly that can prevent them from being homeless. That can be from keeping them away from isolation to acknowledging the need of medical assistance, but yet somehow there are people that do not seem to care for this issue ( Josephine Barrera).     “ A hundred years from now it will not matter what kind of car I drove, the type of house I live in, or the size of my bank account. The world may be a better place because I was important in someone's life.” ( Maria Gutierrez ) Through this study I learned that, challenges exist not to bring you down, but rather, to bring you up (Alex Le). What I have learned from this project is that I have become more aware of the need that should be provided for homeless people, and that we cannot wait for agencies or others to help them, but as individuals and future social workers, we should help them meet their needs by starting with simple things (Younghoon Kwon). I learned not to judge a book by its cover when it comes to dealing with the homeless because it is that reason many of them never get the opportunity to straighten out their lives ( Kris Murthi ).
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