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The Visible Poor: Homelessness in the United States / Edition 1

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Overview

Taking an in-depth look at the causes of homelessness in the United States, Joel Blau disproves the convenient myths that most homeless are crazy, drug addicts, or lazy misfits who brought their suffering upon themselves. Systematically reviewing the explanations offered by researchers, politicians, and pundits, he shows that the current crisis was an inevitable result of economic and political changes in recent decades, from the deinstitutionalization of mental patients in the 1960s, to the gentrification of urban neighborhoods in the 1970s, to the evisceration of federal spending on social welfare in the 1980s. Blau argues that current government policies at every level are mired in pointless headcounting and quick-fix solutions that only push the homeless out of sight without touching the underlying causes. He advocates social reforms ranging from a national standard for welfare benefits, a higher minimum wage, and the establishment of a social sector for non-profit, affordable housing. A powerful contribution to public debate on homelessness, The Visible Poor is essential reading for anyone concerned with one of the most pressing problems of our age.

Taking an in-depth look at the causes of homelessness in the U.S., Blau debunks the convenient myths that most homeless are crazy, drug addicts, or lazy misfits who brought their suffering upon themselves. He argues that current government policies at every level are mired in pointless headcounting and quick-fix solutions that don't deal with the underlying causes.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195083538
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/28/1993
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,426,091
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

About the Author:
Joel Blau is Assistant Professor, School of Social Welfare, State University of New York at Stony Brook.

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Table of Contents

Introduction ix
Part I Without A Home
1. The Visible Poor 3
2. Who Are the Homeless? 15
Part II Couses
3. The Economic Causes of Homelessness 33
4. The Contraction of Social Welfare 48
5. Housing 60
6. The Homeless Mentally Ill 77
Part III The Response
7. Social Movements, Advocates, and the Law 93
8. Municipal Responses 109
9. New York City: Wealth, Poverty, and Homeless Individuals 133
10. New York City: Wealth, Poverty, and Homeless Families 155
Part IV Social Policy, Social Needs
11. Homelessness and Social Policy 173
12. Homelessness and Common Human Needs 180
Notes 189
Index 229
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