Homelessness

homelessness, the condition of not having a permanent place to live, widely perceived as a societal problem only beginning in the 1980s. Estimates of the number of homeless people in the United States are imprecise, but in the late 1990s ranged from 700,000 per night to 2 million per year. A survey made in 1994 found that 12 million Americans had experienced homelessness at some point in their lives; the vast majority of those who are homeless consists of single men and families with children. The problem exists in all major cities and many smaller communities. The causes range from large-scale deinstitutionalization of mentally ill people to disintegration of the social fabric in minority communities, drug and alcohol abuse, relatively stagnant wages at lower income levels, cutbacks in federal social-welfare programs, job loss, reductions in public housing, and rent increases and real-estate speculation. The McKinney Act (1987) established federal support for the building and maintenance of emergency homeless shelters; some 3,700 agencies and organizations now operate shelters.

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Homelessness: Selected full-text books and articles

Reckoning with Homelessness
Kim Hopper.
Cornell University Press, 2003
Homeless Mothers: Face to Face with Women and Poverty
Deborah R. Connolly.
University of Minnesota Press, 2000
The Cruel and Unusual Criminalization of Homelessness: Factoring Individual Accountability into the Proportionality Principle
O'Connor, Elizabeth M. M.
Texas Journal on Civil Liberties & Civil Rights, Vol. 12, No. 1/2, Fall 2006
Ending Homelessness in Our Time: Why Smart Government Is Key
Donovan, Shaun.
The Public Manager, Vol. 40, No. 4, Winter 2011
Homelessness and Human Rights: Regarding and Responding to Homelessness as a Human Rights Violation
Lynch, Philip; Cole, Jacqueline.
Melbourne Journal of International Law, Vol. 4, No. 1, May 2003
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A Right to Housing: Foundation for a New Social Agenda
Rachel G. Bratt; Michael E. Stone; Chester Hartman.
Temple University Press, 2006
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 15 "Responses to Homelessness: Past Policies, Future Directions, and a Right to Housing"
Intervention Strategies with the Homeless Population
Dykeman, Bruce F.
Journal of Instructional Psychology, Vol. 38, No. 1, March 2011
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Answering the Call: Facilitating Responsive Services for Students Experiencing Homelessness
Grothaus, Tim; Lorelle, Sonya; Anderson, Kie; Knight, Jasmine.
Professional School Counseling, Vol. 14, No. 3, February 2011
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The Politics of Homelessness: Shelter Now and Political Protest
Williams, Jean Calterone.
Political Research Quarterly, Vol. 58, No. 3, September 2005
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Braving the Street: The Anthropology of Homelessness
Irene Glasser; Rae Bridgman.
Berghahn Books, 1999
The New Poverty: Homeless Families in America
Ralph da Costa Nunez.
Insight Books, 1996
Down and Out, On the Road: The Homeless in American History
Kenneth L. Kusmer.
Oxford University Press, 2002
There's No Place like Home: Anthropological Perspectives on Housing and Homelessness in the United States
Anna Lou Dehavenon.
Bergin & Garvey Publishers, 1999
International Perspectives on Homelessness
Valerie Polakow; Cindy Guillean.
Greenwood Press, 2001
Children on the Streets of the Americas: Homelessness, Education, and Globalization in the United States, Brazil, and Cuba
Roslyn Arlin Mickelson.
Routledge, 2000
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