American Homelessness / Edition 3

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American Homelessness covers who the homeless are and why they are in such a situation; important events that have contributed to the problem; and a who's who of homelessness activism including people such as MacArthur Fellow Robert M. Hayes, the former securities lawyer who filed the landmark New York City right-to-shelter case in l979. It also includes a chronology; facts and statistics; key documents and reports; a discussion of the International Bill of Rights; a directory of organizations, associations, and government agencies; and an annotated bibliography.

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"American Homelessness is excellent. It is best for senior high students since its organization and format will be useful for reports. Highly recommended." - The Book Report

"Hombs provides a fresh look at the persistent problem of homelessness in America, reflecting renewed interest in finding solutions on both the federal and the state level . . . Unique in gathering in one volume disparate critical resources on all aspects of homelessness in the United States, this comprehensive guidebook is recommended for public and academic libraries." - Library Journal

"American Homelessness is a valuable resource for anyone interested in learning more about homelessness and the efforts to alleviate it . . . This book provides a solid entry point to a better understanding of the myriad complexities surrounding homelessness and the resources available for responding to it." - Whole Earth

Library Journal
A senior staff member at the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance and author of other ABC-CLIO companions, Hombs provides a fresh look at the persistent problem of homelessness in America, reflecting renewed interest in finding solutions on both the federal and the state level. Consisting of both introductory and in-depth material, the text furnishes a chronology of history, facts, statistics, important events, and recent developments, plus profiles of prominent involved individuals and a directory of relevant organizations and government agencies. Also surveyed in this one-stop guide are court cases, legislation, and federal funding, related housing and health issues and policies, and comparable statistics for Western countries. The text is written in a clear, readable style, with 50 percent of the material new to this edition (the book last appeared in 1994). Other references, such as The Homeless Problem (Wilson, 1992), now dated, present informative essays from periodicals but lack the scope and variety of the data found here. Unique in gathering one volume disparate critical resources on all aspects of homelessness in the United States, this comprehensive guidebook is recommended for public and academic libraries. Marilyn Rosenthal, Nassau Community Coll. Lib., Garden City, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.\
Hombs (of the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance) offers a collection of reference materials that provide information on the pervasive problem of homelessness in the United States. Nine chapters offer a chronology of the homeless problem, brief biographical sketches of 20 people who have had an effect on homeless policy and research, statistical information, documents and government reports, legislation from the U.S. and Europe written to address the problem, a list of print and nonprint resources, and a directory of organizations and government agencies. Also included is a brief analysis and discussion of the problem, comparing Europe and the United States. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576072479
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/23/2001
  • Series: Contemporary World Issues Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 314
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Chronology 25
3 Biographical Sketches 39
4 Facts and Statistics 51
5 Documents and Reports 89
6 Legislation on Homeless Assistance 147
7 Homelessness and the Law 189
8 Directory of Organizations, Associations, and Government Agencies 235
9 Selected Print and Nonprint Resources 255
Glossary 275
Index 283
About the Author 299
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