Responding to the Homeless: Policy and Practice

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Springer US, Apr 30, 1992 - Medical - 258 pages
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Responding to the Homeless: Policy and Practice is largely a product of a unique collaboration between Russell K. Schutt and Gerald R. Garrett and their Boston community. As such, it offers a rich perspective on the problem of homelessness that is derived from the authors' shared experience with researchers, academics, students, providers, policymakers, and homeless persons themselves. Schutt and Garrett take the reader into the shelters and acquaint him or her with the philosophical and practical dilemmas facing line workers as well as policymakers. They also take the reader into the community to better understand the housing market and the dysfunctional continuities among shelter, housing, treatment, and social supports. There are sensitive discussions of the salient health problems that too commonly touch the lives of homeless individuals, such as substance abuse and AIDS. The volume also includes clear descriptions of the sometimes elusive processes of counseling and case management for homeless individuals. The sidebars of "what to do" and "what not to do" contain useful information that will both inform and empower individuals who are working on the front lines, and inspire and prepare future caregivers. While the eminently readable organization and style of the book are sugges tive of a highly practical handbook on the basics of homelessness, the authors and their contributors have also produced a scholarly volume that is replete with current research findings, programs descriptions, case studies, and vignettes.

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The Problem of Homelessness
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Russell K. Schutt, PhD, is professor and chair of sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and lecturer on sociology in the Department of Psychiatry (Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center) at the Harvard Medical School. He completed his BA, MA, and PhD (1977) at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a postdoctoral fellowship at Yale University (1977 1979). His other books include "Investigating the Social World: The Process and Practice of Research", and "Fundamentals" "of Social Work Research "(with Ray Engel), "Making Sense of the Social World" (with Dan Chambliss), and "Research Methods in Psychology" (with Paul G. Nestor) all with SAGE Publications, as well as "Homelessness, Housing, and Mental Illness" (Harvard University Press) and "Social Neuroscience: Brain, Mind, and Society" (coedited with Larry J. Seidman and Matcheri S. Keshavan, also Harvard University Press). Most of his peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters focus on the effect of social context on cognition, satisfaction, and functioning, the service preferences of homeless persons and service personnel, and the organization of health and social services. He is currently a co-investigator for a randomized trial of peer support for homeless dually diagnosed veterans, funded by the Veterans Administration.

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