Assessing the Needs of Homeless Persons in Downtown Los Angeles: A Comparison Between Men and Women
- Dr. Cheryl Grills, Associate Dean of Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts, Loyola Marymount University
- Dr. Charisse L'Pree Corsbie-Massay, Assistant Professor in the Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University
In recent years, the number of homeless single women has increased dramatically. Up until recently, the large majority of homeless were men, with single men being overrepresented. This project will assess the needs of homeless women in Downtown Los Angeles and examine the differences between the needs of homeless men. It is hypothesized that the needs of homeless women will be significantly different from the needs of homeless men. Furthermore, it is estimated that homeless single women use the LAC+USC Medical Center more frequently than their male counterparts. Participants included homeless single men (n=45) and homeless single women (n=21) who were surveyed in areas surrounding the Medical Center. Women reported higher problems with Functional Disability or Basic Resources. Women also reported higher problems with Emotional Loneliness. These findings suggest that the two groups are unique and may benefit from tailored prevention and treatment approaches. As women become a larger percentage of the homeless population, a better understanding of their needs is required in order to formulate solutions to this problem.