ERIC Number: EJ915253
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Can Better National Policy End Family Homelessness?
Zero to Three (J), v30 n3 p5-10 Jan 2010
An understanding of the close link between federal policy and family homelessness is critical for ensuring that one day no child in the United States is homeless. This article discusses the nature of family homelessness, the national policy framework that exists to help vulnerable families, the homeless assistance system that federal policy has created to help families that fall through the holes in the safety net, and how local innovation is helping to improve this system and end family homelessness. The author argues that both federal mainstream and federal housing programs have historically not fulfilled their potential to prevent and end family homelessness. However, local innovation has begun to change this unfulfilled potential, and federal policy is beginning to follow suit.
Descriptors: Homeless People, Innovation, Housing, Public Policy, Federal Government, At Risk Persons, Welfare Services, Local Government, Government Role, Children, Child Welfare, Social Services
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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