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Survey shows one fourth of Alaska's homeless are victims of violence

Posted: Sunday, May 28, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Almost one out of every four homeless people in Alaska reported being a victim of a violent crime, according to a survey by the Alaska Housing Finance Corp.

While the figure is lower than the national rate of 29 percent, it's much higher than the reported incidence--1 percent--of violent crimes in Alaska, AHFC officials said.

The latest results of the semi-annual study suggests that Alaska's homeless are 25 times more likely to be victims of violence than non-homeless people, AHFC analyst James Wiedle said in an agency press release.

The Winter 2000 Homeless Service Providers' Survey, which was conducted in January, also showed that more homeless are disabled or have substance abuse problems since the survey began in 1993. According to the latest study, nearly 40 percent of the homeless surveyed claim a disability and 45 percent admit to a substance abuse problem.



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