Katie Dupere reported that “Uncertainty, struggle and stigma are just some of the threads that knit together the shared experiences of the homeless community.”
The 7 unique challenges are:
Access to menstruation products is often limited.
Access to comprehensive maternal health care can be difficult.
Homelessness only exacerbates the burden of childcare on women.
1 in 4 women consider domestic violence to be the main factor in their current homelessness.
Being homeless often means decreased personal safety for women.
Homeless women are living with mental illness at much higher rates than the general population.
Gender inequality in jobs makes escaping homelessness even more difficult.
Dupere points to helping homeless women gain their high school diplomas, job training programs tailored to homeless women as a step to overcoming these specific challenges. But perhaps a more macro solution is create more affordable and supportive housing that homeless women and their families can afford.
It is hard to imagine practicing good maternal health, caring for children, rebuilding a life after domestic violence, recovering from mental illness or going to school or work on a regular basis without a place to call home.