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Wednesday, April 17 • 9:00am - 10:30am
Voices for 2020: Assessing the Needs of Homeless Families in WNY

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Homelessness is on the rise in New York State. In Western New York alone, about 35% of families are homeless and more than half of these families live in rural areas (Homeless Alliance of Western New York, 2017). Living in a rural community can provide a number of barriers for families who need access to resources within the community. Therefore, many homeless families experience stress and frustration due to gaps in services to meet their needs. This poster will display a needs assessment based on the data collected for the Voices for 2020 project. This project is an initiative to end homelessness. The data collected assesses the physical, biological, social, and psychological needs of homeless families living in Erie, Niagara, Genesee, Orleans, and Wyoming Counties. Information has been collected through focus groups with homeless families living in a shelter, as well as key informant interviews with human service agencies. This information will help to examine the service gaps that are present in the local community.


Wednesday April 17, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am
Lumsden Gym
  • Moderator Diane Bessel-Matteson