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
Shelters and Services
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About the author (1992)

Russell K. Schutt, PhD, is professor and chair of sociology at the University of Massachusetts Boston, where he received the 2007 Chancellor s Award for Distinguished Service. Since 1990, he has also beenlecturer on sociology in the Department of Psychiatry (Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center) at the HarvardMedical School. He completed his BA, MA, and PhD degrees at the University of Illinois at Chicago and was apostdoctoral fellow in the Sociology of Social Control Training Program at Yale University. In addition to eighteditions of the text on which this brief edition is based, Investigating the Social World: The Process and Practiceof Research, and four other coauthored versions for the fields of social work, criminal justice, psychology, andeducation his other books include Homelessness, Housing, and Mental Illness (2011), Social Neuroscience: Brain, Mind, and Society (coedited, 2015), and Organization in a Changing Environment (1986). He hasauthored and coauthored numerous journal articles, book chapters, and research reports on homelessness, mental health, organizations, law, and teaching research methods. His research has included a mixed-methodsinvestigation of a public health coordinated care program, a study of community health workersand recruitment for cancer clinical trials, a mixed-methods study of a youth violence reduction program, a randomized trial of a peer support program for homeless dually diagnosed veterans, and a randomizedevaluation of housing alternatives for homeless persons diagnosed with severe mental illness, with fundingfrom the National Cancer Institute, the Veterans Health Administration, the National Institute of MentalHealth, the John E. Fetzer Institute, and state agencies. His current scholarly foci are the impact of the socialenvironment on cognitive and community functioning, the meaning of housing and service preferences, andthe value of alternative organizational and occupational structures for service delivery. His prior research hasalso included investigation of social factors in legal decisions and admission practices and of influences on joband service satisfaction. Details are available at http: //

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