The study of homelessness for the past couple of years has been very complex and difficult to come by. From what I learned during this research, most of the statistics on homeless people are sometimes inaccurate. Researchers use different methods to measure homelessness. One method attempts to count all the people who are literally homeless on a given day or during a given week, this is called point-in-time counts. While the second method examines the number of people who are homeless over a given period of time, this is called (period prevalence counts). Point-in-time studies give a snap-shot picture of homelessness; they only count those individuals who are homeless at a particular time. Period prevalence addresses the problem of homelessness more accurately, because some of these people will eventually find housing and escape homelessness making it a temporary condition. There is another issue involved in counting the number of homeless people in America. Many homeless people will not be counted because they are not in places where researchers can find them. These groups of people are often referred to as “the unsheltered or hidden homeless”, (Burt, 1989 p.18). These... [continues]
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