ERIC Number: ED427113
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Homelessness in America: Unabated and Increasing. A 10-Year Perspective.
Duffield, Barbara; Gleason, Mary Ann
Ten years after passage of the McKinney Homeless Assistance Act, homelessness was studied in 11 urban, rural, and suburban communities and 4 states. The first section of the report examines the findings of detailed research on homelessness in these locations. The second section draws conclusions and outlines future directions for efforts to eradicate homelessness. The next two sections contain profiles that examine the origin of homelessness in each of these states and summarize research from the mid-1980s to the present. Every community profile contains an interview with a person who has been working in that community on homelessness issues. The final section of the report consists of interviews with national advocates, federal government officials, and state and local providers and advocates. The causes of homelessness have not been adequately addressed, and the homeless assistance legislation in 1987 did not stem the tide of homelessness. Research also indicates that expansion of the shelter system will not end homelessness. The gap between the cost of housing and what people with low incomes can afford to pay, long recognized as the principal cause of homelessness, has not improved over the last 10 years. (Contains 47 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Child Welfare, Children, Federal Legislation, Homeless People, Housing Needs, Low Income Groups, Poverty, Profiles, Trend Analysis, Urban Problems
National Coalition for the Homeless, 1012 14th Street NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20005-3406 ($5 plus $1.25 shipping and handling).
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Coalition for the Homeless, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Stewart B McKinney Homeless Assistance Act 1987