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Mon June 16, 2014
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New study points to trauma as a contributing factor in homelessness

Milagros Bursey was once homeless and now helps other women who find themselves homeless after experiencing life traumas. Carrie Michel-Wynne, director of housing at the YWCA, looks on as Bursey speaks.
Credit Michelle Faust / WXXI News

The majority of homeless mothers in upstate New York have experienced trauma in their lives -- about half of these show symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.

A 12-month study of nearly 300 homeless families in Albany, Buffalo, Syracuse, and Rochester released last week by The Wilson Foundation shows 93 percent of the mothers in the study experienced either physical or sexual abuse in their lifetimes.

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