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Spotlight on Homelessness . . .

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Journeys out of Homelessness: The Voices of Lived Experience

Journeys out of Homelessness: The Voices of Lived Experience

Jamie Rife and Donald W. Burnes

How do individuals move from being homeless to finding safe, stable, and secure places to live? Can we recreate the conditions that helped them most? What policies are needed to support what worked—and to remove common obstacles? Addressing these questions, Jamie Rife and Donald Burnes start from the premise that the most important voices in efforts to end homelessness are the ones most    More >

Hobo Jungle: A Homeless Community in Paradise

Hobo Jungle: A Homeless Community in Paradise

Michele Wakin

For many decades and for many reasons, people who are homeless have chosen to live in camps or other makeshift settings, even when shelters are available. Is this an act of resistance? Of self-preservation? Or are they simply too addicted, too mentally ill, or too criminal to adapt to the rules and regulations of shelter life? To address these questions, Michele Wakin explores the evolution of    More >

My Dog Always Eats First: Homeless People and Their Animals

My Dog Always Eats First: Homeless People and Their Animals

Leslie Irvine

A weary-looking man stands at an intersection, backpack at his feet. Curled up nearby is a mixed-breed dog, unfazed by the passing traffic. The man holds a sign that reads, "Two old dogs need help. God bless." What's happening here?         Leslie Irvine breaks new ground in the study of homelessness by investigating the frequently noticed, yet    More >

Ending Homelessness: Why We Haven’t, How We Can

Ending Homelessness: Why We Haven’t, How We Can

Donald W. Burnes and David L. DiLeo, editors

Despite billions of government dollars spent in the attempt, we are no closer than we were three decades ago to solving the problem of homelessness. Why? Tackling these questions, the authors of Ending Homelessness explore the complicated and often dysfunctional relationship between efforts to address homelessness and the realities on the street.    More >

The Homelessness Industry: A Critique of US Social Policy

The Homelessness Industry: A Critique of US Social Policy

Elizabeth Beck and Pamela C. Twiss

Homelessness once was considered an aberration. Today it is a normalized feature of US society.  It is also, argue Elizabeth Beck and Pamela Twiss, an industry: the embrace of neoliberal policies and piecemeal efforts to address the problem have ensured a steady production of homeless people, as well as a plethora of disjointed social services that often pathologize individuals instead of    More >

At Home on the Street: People, Poverty, and a Hidden Culture of Homelessness

At Home on the Street: People, Poverty, and a Hidden Culture of Homelessness

Jason Adam Wasserman and Jeffrey Michael Clair

In their compelling examination of what it means to be truly at home on the street, Jason Wasserman and Jeffrey Clair argue that programs and policies addressing homeless people too often serve only to alienate them. Wasserman and Clair delve into the complex realities of homelessness to paint a vivid picture of individuals—not cases or pathologies—living on the street and of their    More >

 

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Caroline Wintersgill, LRP’s senior consulting editor in the UK, has been appointed senior teaching fellow in publishing studies at University College London.
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