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An increasing number of children are being raised by one parent, usually the mother. The proportion of single-parent families grew rapidly between 1970 and the mid-1990s, whereas the proportion of families headed by married couples dropped. S. households and families has remained relatively stable. 3% in 1970. 3% in 1970. The percentage of other family households, including single-parent households headed by single Who Are the Poor? 2 People and families living in poverty, by demographic characteristics, 2004–05 [CONTINUED] [Numbers in thousands.

SOURCE: Laudan Y. Aron and Patrick T. Sharkey, “Table 1b. S. htm (accessed January 2, 2007) Social Welfare Special Populations Many homeless assistance programs are open to anyone who wants to use them, but other programs are designed to serve only specific groups of people. The population served may be defined in several different ways: for example, men by themselves, women by themselves, households with children, youth by themselves, battered women, or veterans. 1% of all homeless service programs named a specific population group as a focus.

The show was a success and became an annual event. Magazines, art shows, books, and songs turned the nation’s attention toward homelessness. Well-funded research studies came out by the dozens. The country was awash in statistical information regarding the homeless. All these activities pointed to the widely held belief that people became homeless because of circumstances outside their control. 00 State/territory Puerto Rico 445 * 586 * *Not applicable. SOURCE: Adapted from Annetta C. Smith and Denise I.

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