Report on Women and Homelessness, 2011
A growing and vulnerable population
As a response to an increase in the number of homeless single women, Crossroads Rhode Island released our first report, A Report on Women and Homelessness, in 2011 (2.14MB, PDF). At the time, Crossroads President Anne Nolan reported that, "we are seeing the pace of homelessness for women growing at an alarming rate. In a 10 year period, the total number of unaccompanied men rose by 5% while the total number of unaccompanied women rose by 65%."
In the years following the release of this report, we have continued to see high numbers of women in need of emergency shelter and housing. Even today, it is not uncommon that our Women's Shelter is full to its capacity of 41. When this happens, we often have women utilizing emergency overflow space at night, sleeping in the shelter's common area or dining room when necessary.
With this report, we hope to raise awareness about women who are homeless and the unique challenges that they face as a diverse and vulnerable subset of the homeless population of Rhode Island.