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Journeys out of Homelessness: The Voices of Lived Experience

Journeys out of Homelessness: The Voices of Lived Experience


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How do individuals move from being homeless to finding safe, stable, and secure places to live? Can we recreate the conditions that helped them most? What policies are needed to support what worked—and to remove common obstacles? Addressing these questions, Jamie Rife and Donald Burnes start from the premise that the most important voices in efforts to end homelessness are the ones most often missing from the discussion: the voices of those with lived experience. In Journeys Out of Homelessness, they gather the first-person stories of some who have not only survived, but thrived, going on to find positive home situations. Highlighting what we can learn from these personal stories, Rife and Burnes combine them with in-depth discussions of key themes and issues and point to the shifts necessary in current policy and practice that are essential if we are to effectively respond to a problem that has reached epic proportions.


  • Journeys Out of Homelessness.
  • A Caring Adult: Barb's Journey.
  • Family-Centered Support: Tim's Journey.
  • Expanded Housing Options: Marie's Journey.
  • A Safe Place for Youth: Tiffany's Journey.
  • The Foster Care System: Blizzard's Journey.
  • Social Networks: Leanne's Journey.
  • Client-Centered Solutions: Michelle's Journey.
  • Someone Who Listens: James's Journey.
  • Improved Health Care: Caroline's Journey.
  • Toward Eradicating Homelessness.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626378605
Publisher: Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 10/21/2019
Pages: 190
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Jamie Rife is cofounder and head of operations at Purposity, a nonprofit crowd-funding platform that fosters the creation of online networks of support for individuals dealing with poverty and homelessness. Donald W. Burnes is founder of and adviser to the Burnes Center on Poverty and Homelessness at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work.