Housing the Homeless

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Jon Erickson, Charles Wilhelm
Center for Urban Policy Research, 1986 - Political Science - 430 pages
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Cities throughout the United States are experiencing a dramatic rise in the number of homeless persons. Who are the homeless? How many homeless persons are there in America? What policies and programs for the homeless have and should be implemented at the federal, state and local levels?

This collection of articles, reports and case studies brings together a vari­ety of perspectives to help answer these questions. The materials include discussions on the political ramifications of the issue, the changing mass media images, and the many sources of homelessness. Estimates by the De­partment of Housing and Urban Development and others of the number of homeless persons are presented. Three specific population subgroups--the traditional Skid Row population, the deinstitutionalized mentally ill, and homeless women and children--are examined in detail.

Finally, case studies and resource materials about existing and proposed policies and programs are included as models for local and state action. This collection brings together a diverse group of authors including Kim Hopper, Chester Hartman, Donald Bogue, Thomas J. Main, H. Richard Lamb, Patri­cia Cayo Sexton, and other experts from the fields of Anthropology, Plan­ning, Political Science, Psychiatry, Sociology, and Social Work. Not only is the book of vital interest to state and local officials, it is well suited to be a textbook in urban planning, sociology, and policy analysis courses examin­ing current social issues.

I. Images of the homeless                        

II. Background and politics                      

III. The importance of numbers                  

IV. Who are the homeless and why?

V. Solutions to the problem

VI. Resources

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About the author (1986)

Jon Erickson is coordinator of the Environmental Management option in the Master of Public Administration program at Kean University and former research associate at the Center for Urban Policy Research, part of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Policy Research at Rutgers University. Most recently, he helped prepare a report on "Sustainability as Partner to Economic Regeneration: The Impact Assessment of the New Jersey State Plan.

Charles Wilhelm served as project coordinator at the Capital Budget Homeless Housing Program in New York in the 1980s.

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