Homelessness in the United States--Data and Issues

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Foreword

Volume I of Homelessness in the United States provides an unrivaled, in-depth picture of homelessness in America. No other book or study has taken such a methodical, state-by-state approach to examining contemporary homelessness. Taken collectively, these studies demonstrate that homelessness is a problem of national scope. They also help to answer basic, empirical questions for service providers and policymakers about the prevalence and extent, as well as the social and demographic characteristics, of homeless people.

In Volume II, Momeni assembles a collection of chapters focusing on specific issues about homelessness that go beyond the essentially descriptive groundwork and conceptual frameworks provided in Volume I. Rich with insights into different dimensions of homelessness, each of these chapters carries important implications for social action and policy reforms. For example, one of the hallmark features of the homeless population is an inordinately high rate of alcohol and drug addiction. In fact, recent studies suggest that as many as one-third to half of all homeless may suffer from alcohol and drug problems that make them a subpopulation with more complex, idiosyncratic service needs than other types of homeless. Similarly, since deinstitutionalization policies were implemented in the 1970s, the vast increase in the number of homeless with psychiatric disorders has dramatically changed the composition of homeless people. Yet, while it is important for researchers, practitioners, and policymakers to understand the nature and epidemiology of alcohol, drug, and psychiatric disorders among the homeless, it is also important to understand the social, political, and economic forces involved in developing policies and programs addressing these problems. In fact, one of the most appealing features of Momeni's organization

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Figure and Tables ix
  • Foreword xi
  • Preface xiii
  • Acknowledgments xv
  • Introduction xvii
  • 1: Counting the Homeless 1
  • Conclusion 13
  • References 15
  • 2: A Sociodemographic Profile of the Service-Using Homeless: Findings from a National Survey 17
  • References 36
  • 3: Food Sources and Intake of Homeless Persons 39
  • References 60
  • 4: Drug Abuse among Homeless People 61
  • References 76
  • 5: Homelessness as a Long-Term Housing Problem in America 81
  • References 90
  • 6: A Social-Psychiatric Perspective on Homelessness: Results from a Pittsburgh Study 95
  • Conclusions 107
  • References 108
  • References 108
  • References 108
  • 7: Sweat and Blood: Sources of Income on a Southern Skid Row 111
  • References 121
  • 8: Homeless Children and Their Caretakers 123
  • References 132
  • 9: Programs Dealing with Homelessness in the United States, Canada, and Britain 133
  • Conclusions 150
  • Acknowledgments 151
  • References 151
  • 10: Public Policies for Reducing Homelessness in America 153
  • Conclusion 163
  • Note 163
  • References 163
  • 11: No Place to Go: A National Picture of Homelessness in America 165
  • References 182
  • Select Bibliography 185
  • Index 191
  • About the Contributors 195
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