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WLA 2009: "Library Services for the Homeless Population in Wisconsin"

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on Thursday, October 22, 2009 in WLA Blog Archive
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Library Services for the Homeless Population in Wisconsin: Findings of a StudyTimothy Blomquist, UW-Milwaukee SOIS Sponsored by WLA Outreach Services Section Research for his Masters thesis Conducted survey April-May 2008 388 public libraries - sent survey 260 responses - 67% response rate, 1 invalid 16 questions questionnaire - had definitionsHe got the impression that people aren't aware of the issues Statistics2.5-3.5 million people homeless annually (in U.S.) - 39% children 700,000-2 million each night 12 million have experienced homelessness at some point (7%+ of population) 600,000 families with 1.35 million children experience homelessness each year Definitions vary - without permanent or adequate shelter Really, it's not just lacking a place to sleep - lacking storage for belongings, pulled away from friends/ family/ school/ support WI ServicePoint Homeless Management Information System Causative factors: Veterans, roommate/family conflict, eviction, low/no income, domestic violence, criminal history, addiction, institutional discharge, physical/mental disabilities, can't find affordable housing,...