A Street Is Not a Home: Solving America's Homeless Dilemma

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Like many politicians, reporters, social workers, and others concerned about the homeless, Robert C. Coates lived for a short time on the street. But rather than returning from his mission with yet another set of platitudes about the problem, the experience set him on the road to find answers. The result is A Street is Not a Home.

Coates' involvement with homelessness began as an exploration into judicial ethics, but quickly developed into something far more sweeping. A Street ...

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Overview

Like many politicians, reporters, social workers, and others concerned about the homeless, Robert C. Coates lived for a short time on the street. But rather than returning from his mission with yet another set of platitudes about the problem, the experience set him on the road to find answers. The result is A Street is Not a Home.

Coates' involvement with homelessness began as an exploration into judicial ethics, but quickly developed into something far more sweeping. A Street is Not a Home is not another recapitulation of the problem but a mosaic of workable solutions that Coates has seen evolve in municipalities across the nation. Coates dismisses opinions that the homeless dilemma is one that cannot be resolved. Writing in clear, readable prose, he cuts through the medical, social, legal, and religious jargon that customarily surrounds the issue, approaching homelessness from the perspective of basic strategic planning. He separates the larger problems into manageable components, examines programs that have already been tested and found to be effective, and isolates matters that still require resolution.

A Street is Not a Home dispels many myths about the homeless crisis and clearly illustrates that the vast majority of America's homeless can be helped.

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As San Diego municipal court judge for many years, Coates's personal and professional experience add depth to considerable research on the myriad problems of America's homeless. Central to the provision of practical, workable solutions, he feels, is enlightened commitment to community and heightened awareness of self-interest. This will facilitate the mustering of America's extensive human and institutional resources to deal constructively with the mentally ill and the politically or economically disadvantaged of all ages, who make up the millions of homeless on our streets. Solutions are possible, demonstrated by viable programs already in place in a few municipalities. Needed is the political will to create similar structures throughout the country. This clear, reasoned, and understated, yet urgent message provides a constructive formula. A major foundation grant will permit distribution of this excellent book to all city managers, as well as to state and national political leaders. One can only hope its message will be soon acted upon. Highly recommended.-- Suzanne W. Wood, SUNY Coll. of Technology, Alfred
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879756215
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 12/28/1990
  • Pages: 1
  • Lexile: 1290L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.07 (d)

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