The Process of Becoming Homeless: An Investigation of Female-Headed Families Living in Poverty

Authors

  • RENYA REED WASSON,

    1. Renya Reed Wasson is Assistant Professor of Economics, Villanova University, PA.
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  • RONALD PAUL HILL

    1. Ronald Paul Hill is Professor and Dean, School of Business Administration, University of Portland, OR. The authors wish to thank the editors and three anonymous reviewers for their helpful suggestions.
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Abstract

Homelessness is modeled as a three-state process in which female-headed families move between primary residency in their own homes (residence) to doubling-up in other families' homes (doubling-up) and finally to homeless shelters (shelter). The most important explanatory factors for families in residence are rent/income variables, while the most important factors for families doubling-up pertain to sharing difficulties. The results support early intervention in the homelessness process as an important public policy goal.

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