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American homelessness : a reference handbook /
Mary Ellen Hombs.
edition
3rd ed.
imprint
Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, c2001.
description
xiii, 299 p.
ISBN
1576072479 (hardcover : alk. paper)
format(s)
Book
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imprint
Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, c2001.
isbn
1576072479 (hardcover : alk. paper)
catalogue key
4552417
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Mary Ellen Hombs holds a senior staff position at the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2001-07-01:
A senior staff member at the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance and author of other ABC-CLIO companions, Hombs provides a fresh look at the persistent problem of homelessness in America, reflecting renewed interest in finding solutions on both the federal and the state level. Consisting of both introductory and in-depth material, the text furnishes a chronology of history, facts, statistics, important events, and recent developments, plus profiles of prominent involved individuals and a directory of relevant organizations and government agencies. Also surveyed in this one-stop guide are court cases, legislation, and federal funding, related housing and health issues and policies, and comparable statistics for Western countries. The text is written in a clear, readable style, with 50 percent of the material new to this edition (the book last appeared in 1994). Other references, such as The Homeless Problem (Wilson, 1992), now dated, present informative essays from periodicals but lack the scope and variety of the data found here. Unique in gathering one volume disparate critical resources on all aspects of homelessness in the United States, this comprehensive guidebook is recommended for public and academic libraries. Marilyn Rosenthal, Nassau Community Coll. Lib., Garden City, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Reviews
Review Quotes
" American HomelessnesS≪/i> is a valuable resource for anyone interested in learning more about homelessness and the efforts to alleviate it ... This book provides a solid entry point to a better understanding of the myriad complexities surrounding homelessness and the resources available for responding to it." - Whole Earth
" American Homelessness is excellent. It is best for senior high students since its organization and format will be useful for reports. Highly recommended." - The Book Report
" American Homelessness is a valuable resource for anyone interested in learning more about homelessness and the efforts to alleviate it ... This book provides a solid entry point to a better understanding of the myriad complexities surrounding homelessness and the resources available for responding to it." - Whole Earth
" American HomelessnesS≪/I> is excellent. It is best for senior high students since its organization and format will be useful for reports. Highly recommended." - The Book Report
"Hombs provides a fresh look at the persistent problem of homelessness in America, reflecting renewed interest in finding solutions on both the federal and the state level ... Unique in gathering in one volume disparate critical resources on all aspects of homelessness in the United States, this comprehensive guidebook is recommended for public and academic libraries." - Library Journal
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Summaries
Main Description
With 50 percent new material, this third edition breaks this complex topic into key elements, examining the roots of the problem, programs that address it, current research, and public perceptions of homelessness.
Unpaid Annotation
Highlights: - Provides unique coverage--history, chronology, biographies and events, facts and statistics, print and nonprint materials--all in one place- Details the recent passage of laws regarding homeless people in public and examines housing and health issues associated with homelessness as well as state problems and policies
Description for Reader
. Documents include European legislation on homelessness, the International Bill of Rights, and the Istanbul Declaration on Human Settlements . Includes a directory of organizations, associations, and government agenciesnational, federal, and international
Description for Reader
. Offers single-source topic depth, with coverage of history, chronology, events, facts, statistics, and key figures, and provides thorough listings of print and nonprint resources for further research . Includes an extensive summary of "Europe against exclusion: HOUSING FOR ALL," the European Union's key policy statement
Description for Reader
'¢ Offers single-source topic depth, with coverage of history, chronology, events, facts, statistics, and key figures, and provides thorough listings of print and nonprint resources for further research '¢ Includes an extensive summary of "Europe against exclusion: HOUSING FOR ALL," the European Union's key policy statement
Description for Reader
Offers single-source topic depth, with coverage of history, chronology, events, facts, statistics, and key figures, and provides thorough listings of print and nonprint resources for further research Includes an extensive summary of "Europe against exclusion: HOUSING FOR ALL," the European Union's key policy statement
Long Description
American Homelessness covers who the homeless are and why they are in such a situation; important events that have contributed to the problem; and a who's who of homelessness activism including people such as MacArthur Fellow Robert M. Hayes, the former securities lawyer who filed the landmark New York City right-to-shelter case in l979. It also includes a chronology; facts and statistics; key documents and reports; a discussion of the International Bill of Rights; a directory of organizations, associations, and government agencies; and an annotated bibliography.
Long Description
American HomelessnesS≪/I> covers who the homeless are and why they are in such a situation; important events that have contributed to the problem; and a who's who of homelessness activism including people such as MacArthur Fellow Robert M. Hayes, the former securities lawyer who filed the landmark New York City right-to-shelter case in l979. It also includes a chronology; facts and statistics; key documents and reports; a discussion of the International Bill of Rights; a directory of organizations, associations, and government agencies; and an annotated bibliography.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. 1
Recent Developments in the United Statesp. 2
European Homelessnessp. 15
Chronologyp. 25
Biographical Sketchesp. 39
Facts and Statisticsp. 51
Defining Who Is Homelessp. 51
Cities Report Growing Homelessnessp. 60
How Much Homelessness Is There in the United States?p. 60
Shelter Use as a Factor in Understanding Homelessnessp. 64
Barriers Faced by Homeless People in Using Programsp. 65
Homeless Veteransp. 68
Youth Homelessnessp. 70
Emerging Homeless Populations and Homelessness Preventionp. 72
Reducing the Costs of Homelessnessp. 73
Facts About Homelessness in Europep. 77
Documents and Reportsp. 89
Early Advocacy on Homelessness in the United Statesp. 89
U.S. Policy on Homelessnessp. 90
Recent Issues in U.S. Government Programsp. 96
Homelessness in Europep. 101
Homelessness in Great Britainp. 109
Homelessness in Canadap. 119
Homelessness in Australiap. 127
Policies to End Homelessness in the United Statesp. 131
A Plan to End Homelessnessp. 141
Legislation on Homeless Assistancep. 147
Federal Legislation in the United Statesp. 147
HUD's Supportive Housing Programp. 157
New Legislation on Youth Homelessnessp. 161
Other Federal Assistance Programsp. 163
European Legislation on Homelessnessp. 165
Legislation in the United Kingdomp. 178
Homelessness and the Lawp. 189
Litigation Issues in the United Statesp. 189
International Law and Homelessnessp. 192
The United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (Habitat)p. 217
The Habitat Agendap. 218
Directory of Organizations, Associations, and Government Agenciesp. 235
National Organizationsp. 235
State Homeless and Low-Income Housing Organizationsp. 247
Federal Agenciesp. 248
Government Clearinghouses and Information Hot Linesp. 249
International Organizations and Institutionsp. 250
Selected Print and Nonprint Resourcesp. 255
Print Resourcesp. 255
Nonprint Resourcesp. 265
Glossaryp. 275
Indexp. 283
About the Authorp. 299
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