by Tamara Thompson


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Each title in the highly acclaimed Opposing Viewpoints series explores a specific issue by placing expert opinions in a unique pro/con format; the viewpoints are selected from a wide range of highly respected and often hard-to-find publications.; This addition to the popular Opposing Viewpoints series discusses issues related to homelessness. Through a balanced collection of articles from a variety of sources, the title explores the seriousness of America's homeless problem; factors that contribut; "Each volume in the Opposing Viewpoints Series could serve as a model…not only providing access to a wide diversity of opinions, but also stimulating readers to do further research for group discussion and individual interest. Both shrill and moderate, th

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780737759402
Publisher: Greenhaven Publishing
Publication date: 12/26/2011
Series: Opposing Viewpoints Series
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Why Consider Opposing Viewpoints? 11

Introduction 14

Chapter 1 Is Homelessness a Serious Problem?

Chapter Preface 20

1 Homelessness Is a Serious Problem Nationwide Christine Vestal 22

2 Homelessness Is a Growing Problem Among Older and Middle-Class Americans Carole Fleck 28

3 Rural Homelessness Is a Serious Problem Myers Reece 34

4 Homelessness Is a Serious Problem Among Foster Youth Elizabeth Calvin 40

5 Homelessness Is a Serious Problem for LGBT Youth Nicholas Ray 50

Periodical and Internet Sources Bibliography 60

Chapter 2 What Factors Contribute to Homelessness?

Chapter Preface 62

1 Multiple Factors Contribute to Homelessness: National Coalition for the Homeless 65

2 Substance Abuse Contributes to Homelessness: Regional Task Force on the Homeless 74

3 Mental Illness Contributes to Homelessness Timothy Wild 78

4 Domestic Violence Often Leads to Homelessness: American Civil Liberties Union 84

5 Natural Disasters Can Lead to Homelessness Seth Fiegerman 90

6 The Economic Recession Is Increasing Homelessness Lizzy Ratner 101

Periodical and Internet Sources Bibliography 114

Chapter 3 What Housing Policies Will Benefit the Homeless?

Chapter Preface 116

1 Housing Must Be Viewed as a Human Right: National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty 118

2 Government Housing Vouchers Help Homeless Families Best Barbara Sard 124

3 Effective Emergency Shelters Help Homeless Families Best Thomas Almeida Kyra Bando 134

4 Permanent Housing Before Recovery Reduces Chronic Homelessness Florence Graves Hadar Sayfan 143

5 Specialized Justice Systems Connect Homeless People with Services Heather Knight 153

6 Enforcing Quality-of-Life Crimes Further Victimizes Homeless People Amanda Witherell 162

Periodical and Internet Sources Bibliography 170

Chapter 4 What Policies Will Reduce Homelessness?

Chapter Preface 172

1 Better Information About Homelessness Means Better Strategies Dennis Culhane 174

2 Government Initiatives Can Reduce Homelessness: US Interagency Council on Homelessness 179

3 Reducing Homelessness Is Not the Government's Responsibility Doug Bandow 187

4 Donation Meters Are the Best Way to Give Spare Change to the Homeless Marisa Kendall 192

5 Cutting Assistance for Homelessness Would Be Disastrous, Chicago Alliance to End Homelessness 198

6 Buying Street Newspapers Helps Homeless People Help Themselves Anne Paine 206

Periodical and Internet Sources Bibliography 212

For Further Discussion 213

Organizations to Contact 215

Bibliography of Books 224

Index 229

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