Departmental Papers (City and Regional Planning)

Document Type

Book Chapter

Date of this Version

January 1985


©Rutgers University, Center for Urban Policy Research, 1994. Reprinted from The Unsheltered Woman, Women and Housing in the Eighties, (New Brunswick: Center for Urban Policy Research, 1985), pages 21-45.


One-third of the nation has a housing problem. Twenty-three millions households are ill-housed. They are a diverse group - the elderly, families with children and single people of all races. Most significantly, they tend to be women. More than 40 percent of the group - or 10 million - are female householders. Females head about 27 percent of all American households today; yet, they are disproportionately represented among those experiencing housing problems. In fact, numerically, they are the largest subgroup of the poorly sheltered population.



Date Posted: 05 April 2007