Nearly all homeless mothers in Syracuse likely have one thing in common: They’ve experienced trauma as a child or adult. That’s the conclusion of a study by the National Center on Family Homelessness at the American Institute of Research. It was funded by the Wilson Foundation based in Rochester.
The study found more than 90% of homeless mothers experienced trauma at much higher rates than the general public.
That means locally, as many as 450 women in the Salvation Army's Emergency Family Shelter last year likely brought a history of trauma.
The Salvation Army of Syracuse is actually training staff to better understand the traumatic backgrounds some of their clients are likely to bring to their family shelter. Director of Emergency and Child Welfare services Liddy Hintz says they’re also working with a mental health services program at St. Joseph’s hospital.