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Presentation By:
Tell Them Who I Am
What does the book say?
What needs to change?
Myths and Assumptions Surrounding Homeless Women
The Use of Language
Liebow's Book:

The language perpetuates the stigmas and stereotypes...
Importance of Language
Let's focus on jobs:
As explained by Elliot Liebow
Tell Them Who I Am

What is homelessness?

"People are homeless not because they are mentally ill, drug users, or thieves, but because they do not have a place to live"


Why are women homeless?



“Honesty and dishonesty, courage and cowardice, greed and generosity, and all the other universal virtues and vices were probably distributed among the homeless women equal to that of general public. They are all engaged in a titanic struggle to remain human in an unremittingly dehumanizing environment” (Elliot Liebow).
The Lives of Homeless Women
Elliot Liebow
Dan Cotter, Steven Dohanyo, Samantha Elkus, Amanda Gordo & Anna Triebell
November 23, 2015
SOC 424: Professor Cullity
Language of society:
poor and powerless
mentally ill
lazy
jobless
"bad"
"bag-lady"
"familyless"
violent
scary
lacking determination & hard work
secretive
"less than citizens"
irresponsible
Heightened focus on fear:
fear reduces humanity & promotes violence
fear of violence is worse than the violence itself
fear of violence is irrational

To get a job... what do you need?
1. residence address
2. telephone number
3. transportation
4. appropriate clothing
5.access to showers etc.

We are going to focus on #2



What if they get the job?

"Mainline Church Day Shelter for Women"
does a job end homelessness?
How does it connect?
Women's Health
Health & Homelessness...
Mental & physical health issues: Healthcare, a catch 22
20% of women in shelters had physical ailments
60% had gynecological problems
half had missing teeth
33% were carriers of disease
58% have higher death rates than the general public
Many ailments are self-treated
allergies, swollen legs, arthritis stomach pain, etc.
Seeking Medical Treatment
prescribed remedies are not available (vaporizer, bed rest, soaking)









How do these women end up homeless?
Creation of Homelessness
CURRENT STRUCTURAL SOLUTIONS, LAWS & LEGISLATION'S
What's out there?
structural forces that perpetuate homelessness
How Society Keeps them Homeless
WHO BECOMES HOMELESS?
"The Man"
unemployment
medical/health bills
single motherhood
poverty
mental health
domestic violence & abuse
alcohol & drug abuse
jails & prisons
more anti-homeless laws
top ten anti-homeless measures in U.S
County Medical Services
current shelters:
zero tolerance
force belief structure
no upward mobility
dehumanizing
assistance programs
extreme shelter conditions:



employers
blaming the victim
boredom-mental health
minimal access
judgements
7am kick-out
no storage
"force to change" attitudes
mandatory question answering
removal of benefits
dangerous & unhealthy shelters
How Do Homeless Women Cope?
How do homeless
women create
livable lives?
utilize shelters,
each other & God
live one day at a time
spread out
appointments
seek employment
Homeless women seem to have a greater respect for others than the general public
Activism & Advocacy
http://riseabovehomelessness.weebly.com
Work Cited:

Adair, V. C.. (2001). Branded with infamy: Inscriptions of poverty and class in the united states. Signs 27, 451-481.
Beauboeuf-Lafontant, T.. (2007). “You have to show strength”: An exploration of gender, race, & depression. Gender & Society 21(1), 28-51. Doi: 10.117/0891243206294108
Cheng, S. A. (2004). "A roof over my head": Homeless women and the shelter industry. Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews, 33(4), 430-431. Retrieved from http://ezproxy.csusm.edu/login?url=http://search.proquest.com/docview/60591163?accountid=10363
DeWard, S. L., & Moe, A. M. (2010). "Like a prison!": Homeless women's narratives of surviving shelter. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, 37(1), 115-136. Retrieved from http://ezproxy.csusm.edu/login?url=http://search.proquest.com/docview/60346955?accountid=10363
Fahs, B..(2011). Dreaded “otherness”: Heteronormative patrolling in women’s body hair rebellions. Gender & Society 25(4), 451-472. doi: 10.77/0891243211414877
Green, H. D. Jr., Tucker, J. S., Wenzel, S. L., Golinelli, D., Kennedy, D. P., Ryan, G. W., Zhou, A. J.. (2012). Association of childhood abuse with homeless women’s social networks. Child Abuse & Neglect, 36, 21-31. doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2011.07.005
Jones, A. (2000). Next time she’ll be dead. Boston, Massachusetts: Beacon Press.

HOMELESS
huffingtonpost.com
theguardian.com
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amazon.com
turner.com
recaptoday.com
gstatic.com
media.bizj.us
pioneercenter.org
gstatic.com
how do you define it?
media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com
sandiegouniontribune.com
etcanada.com
There are only two major housing assistance programs:
Federal Public Housing Assistance
Section 8 Rental Assistance
Major Hurtles:
Eligibility
Wait-lists
Preferential treatment
San Diego is ranked number 3 in
percentage of homeless people
kpbs.org
adn.com
purposefullyscarred.files.wordpress.com
wliha.org
homelessadvocacyproject.org
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