Reducing Vulnerability for Those Who Are Homeless During Natural Disasters

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Focus groups, homelessness, natural disasters, adults, poverty

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Natural disasters are occurring frequently. Many organizations and government agencies work together to provide citizens with safety and survival information. However for those who are homeless, there is insufficient information about what their needs are during this event. Four focus groups were held with adults who were homeless before and after they survived a natural disaster. In addition, three focus groups were convened with social service providers and government personnel who had been called into action to respond to prior disaster events. Results offer insights into the different perceptions of offered assistance. Implications for assisting those homeless are provided.

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Journal of Poverty, v. 21, issue 3, p. 208-226