Homeless / Edition 1

Homeless / Edition 1

by Christopher Jencks
     
 

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…  See more details below

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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:
546,997
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.38(d)

Table of Contents

The Numbers
1Counting the Homeless1
2Estimating the Increase8
Promising Explanations
3Empowering the Back Wards21
4The Crack Epidemic41
5Jobs and Marriage49
6The Destruction of Skid Row61
Less-Promising Explanations
7Social Skills and Family Ties75
8Changes in the Housing Market81
9Budget Cuts and Rent Control94
Reversing the Trend
10Do Shelters Cause Homelessness?103
11Some Partial Solutions107
Appendix 1: Derivation of Tables 1 and 2125
Appendix 2: Supplementary Tables138
Notes143

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