Coverage of The White House Gender Policy Council - 2021

Men Are 70% of the Homeless in America - A GENDER ISSUE - SO MUCH FOR "MALE PRIVILEGE"


Demographic Data Project: Gender and Individual Homelessness

Homelessness in America is largely a gendered phenomenon. Men are the overwhelming majority individuals counted in the HUD-required annual Point-in-Time Count. They are also more likely than women to be unsheltered. Ending homelessness requires better understanding of the issues that cause so many men to become homeless, and the particular housing, employment, and services solutions that would best end their homelessness.

While the majority of individuals who experience homelessness are men, too many women also find themselves in these circumstances. As with men, ending homelessness for women will require an understanding of the unique reasons they become homeless, how homelessness affects them, and what the solutions to their problems are.

This brief analyzes population and unsheltered data through the lens of gender, offering a fuller understanding of male and female homelessness.

Homelessness Among Men and Women at a Point-in-Time

Sixty-seven percent of all people experiencing homelessness within the 2018 Point-in-Time (PiT) Count are individuals. There are 260,284 men compared to 106,119 women. Thus, men are the majority of individuals experiencing homelessness (70 percent) followed by women (29 percent). The final 1 percent are transgender and non-binary individuals discussed in the first installment of this series.

Some parts of the country skew even higher than the national average for individual male homelessness. This is true in 27 states and Puerto Rico. Examples include the following:

State Percent of the Individual
Population that Is Male
Puerto Rico 82%
Louisiana 82%
Rhode Island 76%
Connecticut 75%

At a more local level, men are the majority of individuals experiencing homelessness in almost all Continuums of Care (CoCs): 97 percent of them. There are several CoCs that have very few women as compared to men experiencing homelessness. The most dramatic of these differences is in the Youngstown/Mahoning County, OH CoC where just 8 percent of the homeless adult population is female, and 92 percent is male.

Source: and report in PDF at: https://endhomelessness.org/demographic-data-project-gender-and-individual-homelessness/

Dr. Warren Farrell

Dr. Warren Farrell

Proposal for a White House Council on Boys and Men

The Coalition to Create A White House Council on Boys And Men has been advocating since 2009. The proposal for a White House Council on Boys and Men was originally inspired by a discussion initiated by the White House Boards and Commissions Director Joanna Martin to Dr. Warren Farrell, inquiring of his interest in advising the White House Council on Women and Girls, given his background with the National Organization for Women.

Shortly after, Dr. Farrell created a multi-partisan Commission of thirty-four prominent authors, educators, researchers and practitioners to accomplish three goals: investigate the status of boys and their journey into manhood; identify both surface and underlying problems confronting boys and men; create a blueprint toward solutions.

TEDx Dr Warren Farrell

TEDx - The Boy Crisis: Why Our Boys Are Struggling and What We Can Do About It

One of the foremost speakers and thinkers on gender issues

Dr. Warren Farrell

It's a crisis of education. Worldwide, boys are 50 percent less likely than girls to meet basic proficiency in reading, math, and science.

It's a crisis of mental health. ADHD is on the rise. And as boys become young men, their suicide rates go from equal to girls to six times that of young women.

It's a crisis of fathering. Boys are growing up with less-involved fathers and are more likely to drop out of school, drink, do drugs, become delinquent, and end up in prison.

It's a crisis of purpose. Boys' old sense of purpose-being a warrior, a leader, or a sole breadwinner-are fading. Many bright boys are experiencing a "purpose void," feeling alienated, withdrawn, and addicted to immediate gratification.

So, what is The Boy Crisis? A comprehensive blueprint for what parents, teachers, and policymakers can do to help our sons become happier, healthier men, and fathers and leaders worthy of our respect.

The Boy Crisis Book - Warren Farrell - John Gray

The Boy Crisis Book

The Boy Crisis: Why Our Boys Are Struggling and What We Can Do About It

Authors- Waren Farrell PhD and John Gray PhD

What is the boy crisis?

It's a crisis of education. Worldwide, boys are 50 percent less likely than girls to meet basic proficiency in reading, math, and science.

It's a crisis of mental health. ADHD is on the rise. And as boys become young men, their suicide rates go from equal to girls to six times that of young women.

It's a crisis of fathering. Boys are growing up with less-involved fathers and are more likely to drop out of school, drink, do drugs, become delinquent, and end up in prison.

It's a crisis of purpose. Boys' old sense of purpose-being a warrior, a leader, or a sole breadwinner-are fading. Many bright boys are experiencing a "purpose void," feeling alienated, withdrawn, and addicted to immediate gratification.

So, what is The Boy Crisis? A comprehensive blueprint for what parents, teachers, and policymakers can do to help our sons become happier, healthier men, and fathers and leaders worthy of our respect.