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Homeless women in America — Is there a solution?

Women experiencing homeless face tremendous obstacles on the path to rehabilitation, including lack of services, domestic violence, rape, drug addiction, and housing insecurity. The aim of the study will be to determine whether women that receive permanent supportive housing report higher quality of life. In addition, we will seek to determine which factors within the program lead to an increase in quality of life. Research will be conducted utilizing two groups of fifty women each, receiving the same services from the Downtown Women's Center, with one group being provided shelter by the Downtown Women's Center. This comparison will allow us to determine the impact of housing on quality of life. Utilizing a modified and shortened version of the Lehman Quality of Life Interview, we will conduct a qualitative comparison between the women housing in permanent supportive housing and those that utilize day programs. The literature suggests that women face additional obstacles to rehabilitation including lower education levels, a higher burden of childcare, less access to medical care, and less social support from friends and family. There are limited studies in the area of women experiencing homelessness and their quality of life. This proposed study aims to examine whether permanent supportive housing solutions provide an increase in the quality of life of women experiencing homelessness.

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