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  • Individual Author: Gultekin, Laura; Brush, Barbara L.; Baiardi, Janet M.; VanMaldeghem, Kelley
    Reference Type: Report
    Year: 2014

    Homelessness threatens the health and well-being of thousands of families in the United States, yet little is known about their specific needs and how current services address them. To fill this knowledge gap, we explored the experiences of homelessness families in Detroit, Michigan. We targeted homeless mothers and their caseworkers for study to see if the perceptions of needs and services were in alignment. Using focus groups and content analysis, we identified four overarching themes that illustrate homeless mothers' experience with homelessness. We then analyzed data from caseworkers to look specifically for similarities and differences in their perceptions. Key findings included reports of family histories of violence, poverty, social isolation, and a lack of informal support as contributing to homelessness. The differing perspectives of mothers and their caseworkers regarding how best to move forward highlight how current programs and services may not be meeting the needs of this growing and vulnerable cohort. (Author abstract)

    Homelessness threatens the health and well-being of thousands of families in the United States, yet little is known about their specific needs and how current services address them. To fill this knowledge gap, we explored the experiences of homelessness families in Detroit, Michigan. We targeted homeless mothers and their caseworkers for study to see if the perceptions of needs and services were in alignment. Using focus groups and content analysis, we identified four overarching themes that illustrate homeless mothers' experience with homelessness. We then analyzed data from caseworkers to look specifically for similarities and differences in their perceptions. Key findings included reports of family histories of violence, poverty, social isolation, and a lack of informal support as contributing to homelessness. The differing perspectives of mothers and their caseworkers regarding how best to move forward highlight how current programs and services may not be meeting the needs of this growing and vulnerable cohort. (Author abstract)

  • Individual Author: Kalousova, Lucie; Danziger, Sheldon
    Reference Type: Report
    Year: 2013

    This chapter uses longitudinal data from the Michigan Recession and Recovery Study to investigate how Detroit-area residents fared in the aftermath of the Great Recession. We focus on the disparities between blacks and non-blacks in three domains of economic well-being: employment, housing, and financial security. For both blacks and non-blacks, we observe that the likelihood of housing and financial insecurity, poverty, and zero or negative net-worth was largely unchanged between the baseline (2009/10) and follow-up (2011) data collections. However, blacks were significantly more likely to experience every one of the examined hardships at both points, even after taking into account educational, gender, and age differentials between the two populations. We discuss the implications of these findings for public policies aimed at reducing racial disparities and poverty. (author abstract)

    This chapter uses longitudinal data from the Michigan Recession and Recovery Study to investigate how Detroit-area residents fared in the aftermath of the Great Recession. We focus on the disparities between blacks and non-blacks in three domains of economic well-being: employment, housing, and financial security. For both blacks and non-blacks, we observe that the likelihood of housing and financial insecurity, poverty, and zero or negative net-worth was largely unchanged between the baseline (2009/10) and follow-up (2011) data collections. However, blacks were significantly more likely to experience every one of the examined hardships at both points, even after taking into account educational, gender, and age differentials between the two populations. We discuss the implications of these findings for public policies aimed at reducing racial disparities and poverty. (author abstract)

  • Individual Author: Burgard, Sarah A.; Kalousova, Lucie; Danziger, Sheldon; Seefeldt, Kristin S.
    Reference Type: Report
    Year: 2013

    The “Great Recession” that lasted from December 2007 through June 2009 was the most severe recession in recent decades. It lasted longer and resulted in more job losses than previous downturns, and an unusually large number of workers experienced long-term unemployment during this recession and the current slow recovery. Analyzing data from the 2008 Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP), which tracked households from mid-2008 through early 2011, Johnson and Feng (2013) found that most of the substantial increase in the unemployment rate was driven by a surge in multiple and extended jobless spells (lasting 6 months or more), rather than an increase in the likelihood of becoming unemployed at all. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 41 percent of the unemployed in 2012 had been without work for 27 weeks or more compared to only 17.6 percent prior to the recession.

    Long-term unemployment is associated with serious hardships. For example, levels of food insecurity increase as the unemployment rate rises (Nord and Carlson, 2009) as do levels of financial...

    The “Great Recession” that lasted from December 2007 through June 2009 was the most severe recession in recent decades. It lasted longer and resulted in more job losses than previous downturns, and an unusually large number of workers experienced long-term unemployment during this recession and the current slow recovery. Analyzing data from the 2008 Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP), which tracked households from mid-2008 through early 2011, Johnson and Feng (2013) found that most of the substantial increase in the unemployment rate was driven by a surge in multiple and extended jobless spells (lasting 6 months or more), rather than an increase in the likelihood of becoming unemployed at all. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 41 percent of the unemployed in 2012 had been without work for 27 weeks or more compared to only 17.6 percent prior to the recession.

    Long-term unemployment is associated with serious hardships. For example, levels of food insecurity increase as the unemployment rate rises (Nord and Carlson, 2009) as do levels of financial problems (Lovell and Oh, 2006). While we know about these broad associations between unemployment rates and rates of hardship across the population, prior studies typically have focused on one or just a few hardships. In this brief, we examine levels and correlates of long- term unemployment among working age adults in the Michigan and Recession and Recovery Study (MRRS). We also explore whether long-term unemployment was associated with higher levels of material hardship in four key domains: financial problems, housing instability, food insecurity, and foregone medical care. We examine these domains one at a time, and then consider the total burden of hardship across the four domains. (author introduction)

  • Individual Author: Burgard, Sarah; Seefeldt, Kristin; Zelner, Sarah
    Reference Type: Report
    Year: 2012

    The Great Recession that began in December 2007 and lasted through June 2009 has drawn attention to the issue of housing instability, as the number of Americans who have lost their homes or moved for financial reasons has increased dramatically. The number of foreclosures alone increased 127 percent between 2007 and 2009, hitting a record high of 2.8 million. While the potential effects of housing instability are numerous, one important aspect is the consequences for health. Using new data from the Michigan Recession and Recovery Study (MRRS), a population-based sample of working-aged adults, we examine the association between many different types of housing instability and several measures of health.

    Our findings suggest the importance of distinguishing different types of housing instability and using appropriate risk groups and comparison categories, as well as considering characteristics such as human capital and prior housing and health problems, since housing instability may be a link on the pathway between these factors and subsequent health problems, rather than a...

    The Great Recession that began in December 2007 and lasted through June 2009 has drawn attention to the issue of housing instability, as the number of Americans who have lost their homes or moved for financial reasons has increased dramatically. The number of foreclosures alone increased 127 percent between 2007 and 2009, hitting a record high of 2.8 million. While the potential effects of housing instability are numerous, one important aspect is the consequences for health. Using new data from the Michigan Recession and Recovery Study (MRRS), a population-based sample of working-aged adults, we examine the association between many different types of housing instability and several measures of health.

    Our findings suggest the importance of distinguishing different types of housing instability and using appropriate risk groups and comparison categories, as well as considering characteristics such as human capital and prior housing and health problems, since housing instability may be a link on the pathway between these factors and subsequent health problems, rather than a cause itself for health decline. (author abstract)

    For additional information, please see the full article in the SSRC.

  • Individual Author: Burt, Martha R.
    Reference Type: Report
    Year: 2010

    This report addresses two questions: 1) What happens to homeless families who "graduate" from HUD-funded transitional housing (TH)? and 2) What factors affect housing, employment, and children's well-being after TH? Project sites included Cleveland/Cuyahoga County, Detroit, Houston/Harris County, San Diego City and County, and Seattle/King County. 195 families were interviewed as they left TH, with 179 (92 percent) completing 12 month follow-up interviews. Certain aspects of TH programs and the way that mothers used them affected mothers' education and employment immediately after TH and employment 12 months later. Having a housing voucher at TH exit was the strongest predictor of stable housing during the year following TH, but had no effect on employment outcomes. (author abstract)

    This report addresses two questions: 1) What happens to homeless families who "graduate" from HUD-funded transitional housing (TH)? and 2) What factors affect housing, employment, and children's well-being after TH? Project sites included Cleveland/Cuyahoga County, Detroit, Houston/Harris County, San Diego City and County, and Seattle/King County. 195 families were interviewed as they left TH, with 179 (92 percent) completing 12 month follow-up interviews. Certain aspects of TH programs and the way that mothers used them affected mothers' education and employment immediately after TH and employment 12 months later. Having a housing voucher at TH exit was the strongest predictor of stable housing during the year following TH, but had no effect on employment outcomes. (author abstract)

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