Hungry & Homeless
Barriers to the Receipt of Food Stamps by Homeless People
Studies show that homeless persons have a rate of
nutritional disorders that is at least three times higher than the population
at large. Homeless persons also have
higher rates of diabetes, hypertension, and several other disorders that may be
affected by diet.
The federal Food Stamp Program was created to address the
needs of the poorest members of our society by enabling low-income persons to
purchase food. Because of their extreme
poverty, most homeless persons qualify to receive food stamps.
Homeless persons face unique barriers to obtaining food
stamps--because of their homelessness.
This document surveys 72 direct service organizations around the country
that indicated that their clients encountered difficulties when trying to
obtain food stamps.
Hungry and Homeless identifies the types of barriers
encountered by homeless persons when they try to obtain food stamps.