Homelessness in the United States--Data and Issues

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least, liquor laws should reflect the government's concern over the easy access skid-row bums have to cheap booze. One possibility might be to institute a vice tax, if you will, against these skid-row wines; another possibility is to regulate where these products can be legally sold.

I recommend that spot labor companies be required by law to pay a wage that is pegged to the wage rate of the full-time employee, or to the hourly rate charged by the company. This would raise the amount of money skid-row men earn doing spot labor. It may even ignite some lost spark of work incentive. The federal government should guarantee that temporary workers be given a realistic compensation in the event of injury on the job.

Finally, the emergency shelters should have private lockers with keys for the men and the plasma centers should be more closely monitored. Unannounced inspections by FDA field workers at the plasma centers should be stepped up, and penalties for violating the existing codes should be increased. Moreover, the number of times a person is legally permitted to give blood plasma should be reduced, and the amount of payment per donation should be increased. In this way, skid-row men will be receiving more money though giving plasma much less often.

These recommendations are admittedly just the first step. It is a step that anyone who has ever had personal experience with skid rows will realize is long overdue.


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  • 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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