Down and Out in America: The Origins of Homelessness

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University of Chicago Press, Feb 26, 1991 - Political Science - 247 pages
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The most accurate and comprehensive picture of homelessness to date, this study offers a powerful explanation of its causes, proposes short- and long-term solutions, and documents the striking contrasts between the homeless of the 1950s and 1960s and the contemporary homeless population, which is younger and contains more women, children, and blacks.
 

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Homelessness is presented here in its historical context, although that is not, as the subtitle suggests, the primary focus of the book. Using recent studies along with his own study of those living ... Read full review

Contents

1 On the Bottom and Out on the Fringe
1
2 The New Homeless and the Old
17
3 Counting the Homeless and the Extremely Poor
45
Location and Economic Circumstances
83
5 The Demography of Homelessness and Extreme Poverty
117
6 Vulnerability to Homelessness
143
7 Why We Have Homelessness and Extreme Poverty and What to Do about Them
181
Annotated Bibliography of the Combined Homeless Studies and Studies on the Extremely Poor
213
The Design of the Chicago Homeless Study
223
References
239
Index
243
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Peter H. Rossi is Stuart A. Rice Professor of Sociology and Director of the Social and Demographic Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.


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