Cites! Get yer cites here!
A recent study of homelessness found that 84% of homeless families were headed by a single mother. People in families make up about 1/3 of the homeless. Most of the rest are single adults.
From an interagency report presented to the Conference of Mayors in 1999.
I guess the 84% wold justify a “woman and children” shelter calling itself a “family” shelter. However, around here the “family” shelter is truly a family shelter, and even better they accept a self-labelled “family” without insisting on proof of marriage or parentage or any of that.
Do keep in mind in any of these debates that many homeless shelters are severely underfunded and have crappy facilities. They are usually doing the best they can with what they have, and it’s hard for them to be accommodating to unique situations (such as, say, giving a family with a father their own separate room).