Homelessness In America

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ABC-CLIO, Oct 7, 1996 - Social Science - 320 pages

The number of homeless people in America has continued to grow at an alarming rate since the 1970s. Yet many members of the general public still have far more questions than answers about the magnitude and implications of this complex social problem and the reasons for its persistence. Now the answers can be found in Homelessness in America, the most current, comprehensive, and authoritative volume available on this subject. Focusing on the broad social issue of homelessness, the book's 19 essays offer in-depth examinations of policy-related issues by noted social workers, researchers, advocates, and other experts in the field. Chapter topics include the causes and prevention of homelessness, national and local advocacy movements, the local regulation of public space, and current policies on employment, income maintenance, and housing. Up-to-date statistics and tables are included along with an extensive bibliography and an appendix listing national or state advocacy organizations.


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About the author (1996)

JIM BAUMOHL is associate professor at the Graduate School of Social Work and Research at Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. From 1970 to 1986, he was, among other things, a street worker, shelter director, and organizer of single-room-occupancy hotel tenants. He has written about homelessness since 1973. Professor Baumohl holds a doctorate in social welfare from the University of California, Berkeley.

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