Homeless / Edition 1

Homeless / Edition 1

by Christopher Jencks
     
 

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ISBN-10: 067440596X

ISBN-13: 9780674405967

Pub. Date: 03/01/1995

Publisher: Harvard University Press


How widespread is homelessness, how did it happen, and what can be done about it? These are the questions explored by Christopher Jencks, America's foremost analyst of social problems. Jencks examines the standard explanations and finds that the deinstitutionalization of the mentally ill, the invention of crack cocaine, rising joblessness among men, declining

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How widespread is homelessness, how did it happen, and what can be done about it? These are the questions explored by Christopher Jencks, America's foremost analyst of social problems. Jencks examines the standard explanations and finds that the deinstitutionalization of the mentally ill, the invention of crack cocaine, rising joblessness among men, declining marriage rates, cuts in welfare benefits, and the destruction of skid row have all played a role. Changes in the housing market have had less impact than many claim, however, and real federal housing subsidies actually doubled during the 1980s. Not confining his mission to studying the homeless, Jencks proposes several practical approaches to helping the homeless.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674405967
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
03/01/1995
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
910,438
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.38(d)

Table of Contents

The Numbers


1. Counting the Homeless


2. Estimating the Increase

Promising Explanations


3. Emptying the Back Wards


4. The Crock Epidemic


S. Jobs and Marriage


6. The Destruction of Skid Row

Less-Promising Explanations


7. Social Skills and Family Ties


8. Changes in the Housing Market


9. Budget Cuts and Rent Control

Reversing the Trend


10. Do Shelters Cause Homelessness?


11. Some Partial Solutions

Appendix 1: Derivation of Tables 1 and 2


Appendix 2: Supplementary Tables


Notes

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