HSE-480 Human Services

Talk about Fenway in Boston. EXAMPLE ASSIGNMENT : Literature Review Prevalence of the Issue While doing a systematic literature review on the issue of homelessness in Baltimore Maryland, a lot of information was able to be collected. Some of information obtained provided insight on the prevalence of the issue in other communities and how it is being handled. The literature review showed how substantial the issue is not just in Baltimore, Maryland but globally. According to a recent Yale study, about 20 percent of the world’s population lacks adequate housing (Chamie, 2017). Maryland, per capita, has one of the largest homeless population in the country. Roughly 1.31% of Maryland’s population is classified as homeless on any given night and has seen a roughly 19% increase since 2007 (United States Integrity Counsel on Homelessness, 2017). This is well of above the national homeless average of 0.5%. Children under the age of 18 are one of the fastest growing demographics that is experiencing homelessness. Maryland has 16,267 homeless students on any given night. About 2,336 of those are living in the streets while the rest or living in shelters or doubling up with other youth (United States Integrity Counsel on Homelessness, 2017). Roughly 46% of Maryland homeless population resides within the city limits of Baltimore (Maryland Council on Homelessness, 2017). The racial makeup of Baltimore city and the demographics of the city’s homeless population are very similar. In 2017, 60% of the Baltimore’s homeless population was African American and 34% were Caucasian (Maryland Council on Homelessness, 2017). The population predominantly effected men make up 61.5 of the homeless individuals in the city. Women make up 38% of the city’s homeless population and 11% of the women have been victims of domestic abuse (Maryland Council on Homelessness, 2017). Compared to national data, Baltimore’s African American and female homeless 3 population are well above the national average of 46% and 30% respectively (United States Integrity Counsel on Homelessness, 2017).

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