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Homeless Single Women in Chicago
Carmen Diaz
February 19, 2013
Karen Hamilton

The research states that there are over 25,000 single woman who have no home and nowhere to stay Strausberg, C. (2001, May 30). Many of these women come from domestic violence situations and drug addictions. Some of these single homeless women are mentally unstable and prefer living in the streets although there are a few shelters for these women. Luhrmann, (2008) states the women who are mentally ill are afraid that they would be ridiculed if they where to get help. These women suffer very violent attacks because they refuse to go to shelters or ask for any type of help. Many of these homeless women go into prostitution or start to abuse drugs just to cope with life. Chicago has only nine single women shelters. They try to provide assistance with housing but it is very difficult for the city to provide shelter for so many. Many shelters are not equipped to provide security for these women and they are sometimes victims of abuse from other homeless women who are mentally ill or are sexually assaulted in the shelters from male staff or other homeless individuals. These shelters only have the capacity to provide temporary shelter for no more than a couple of days, and have a capacity of no more than 20 beds. Many women who are sent to shelters are scared because they feel that the shelters are also a place where violence takes place. One reason is that the city also has not been able to assist single homeless women is that they have to assist women who have children before they can accommodate those without children. Many of the churches in Chicago provide food and clothing but do not provide housing. The city has asked for more funding from the government to provide shelters for these women. The federal government has sent more funding but the city has not opened up any more shelters for these women. The city has also cut funding to agencies that assist homeless...
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