ERIC Number: ED307556
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
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Alternatives for Families: Emergency Shelters and Transitional Programs That Identify, and Treat those Problems that Lead to Family Dissolution and Homelessness.
Humphrey, James Stewart
Multi-problem families are at risk of dissolution and homelessness. Cultural, social, economic, educational and family structural problems and differences often bring unbearable pressure upon families. Traditionally, a single problem or a family member was identified as the causal factor. Quite often a family member was removed from the home. Sometimes the family was uprooted. This project attempted to identify and treat those problems that led to the homelessness or the threat of homelessness for six families. Strengthening the existing family as a unit prevented unwanted separation of family members. Sheltering the entire family preserved family structure and integrity. Identifying and treating those factors that led to homelessness helped to reduce the likelihood that dissolution of the family and other incidents of homelessness would occur in the future. Getting basic needs met as early as possible is of utmost importance. Little lasting change can take place when clients are deprived of basic needs, depressed, or on drugs. Programs of this nature need an interactive, subsidized day care facility near each family. A comprehensive manual will be developed and distributed to interested parties. (Author/ABL)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Reports - Evaluative
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Note: M.S. Practicum, Nova University.