Homelessness in the United States--Data and Issues

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shelters and other providers must be prepared to share information about their clients, given the clients' informed consent. Since the homeless frequently cross jurisdictional boundaries, state governments should authorize and encourage the exchange of information across localities.

States should lead in creating a coordinated system of services for the homeless at the community level. States also should sponsor and support demonstration efforts to meet the differentiated needs of the homeless, including prevention programs, crisis care and counseling, developmental services for those on public assistance, and an array of in-community custodial care arrangements. These demonstrations should be carefully evaluated and the best ones used as models for permanent state or federally funded programs.


CONCLUSION

If the American public accepts the creation of a permanent massive shelter system as the main response to homelessness, then it accepts also the permanence of a large population with no place to call home. A society that accepts this as a solution accepts its failure to develop effective approaches to prevention, its abandonment of reintegration as a goal for most of the homeless who need special help to live independently, and its failure to create new permanent custodial settings for those who have been debilitated by poverty and life on the streets.


NOTE
1.
The Ohio study was funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, grant no. 1R18, MH 38877-01 to the Office of Program Evaluation and Research, Ohio Department of Mental Health. Dee Roth served as principal investigator on the project.

REFERENCES

Bachrach Leona L. 1984. The Homeless Mentally Ill and Mental Health Services. In The Homeless Mentally Ill edited by H. Lamb. Washington, D.C.: American Psychiatric Association.

Burns Leland S. 1986. Third-World Models for Helping U.S. Homeless. Wall Street Journal (January 2): 32.

Crystal S., and M. Goldstein. 1984. Correlates of Shelter and Utilization. New York: Human Resources Administration.

Freeman Richard B., and Brian Hall. 1986. Permanent Homeless in America. Cambridge, Mass.: National Bureau of Economic Research.

General Accounting Office. 1985. Homelessness. Washington, D.C.: GAO. Holden, Constance. 1985. "Broader Commitment Laws Sought". Science 230: 1253-55.

Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Department of. 1984. Homeless and Emergency Shelter. Washington, D.C.: HUD.

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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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