Homelessness pp 257-264 | Cite as

Women and Children without Shelter

The Characteristics of Homeless Families
  • Ellen L. Bassuk
Part of the Topics in Social Psychiatry book series (TSPS)


Families are estimated to constitute approximately one-third of the homeless population in the United States and are the fastest-growing subgroup of homeless persons nationwide.1 This subgroup consists predominantly of female-headed households with children; the majority of family members are preschoolers. A network of emergency facilities has begun to emerge only recently despite the urgent needs of these families.


Foster Care Homeless Person Homeless Woman Emergency Shelter Homeless Child 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ellen L. Bassuk
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryHarvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  2. 2.The Better Homes FoundationNewtonUSA

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