Helping the Homeless

January 26, 1996 • Volume 6, Issue 4
Will cuts in welfare spending cause hardships?
By Richard L. Worsnop


Fifteen years after homelessness emerged as a national issue, experts still disagree on how many people are homeless, what causes homelessness and whether other Americans are losing sympathy for the homeless because of “compassion fatigue.” Local ordinances targeting the homeless suggest that sympathy is indeed declining. At the same time, opinion polls show strong support for publicly funded programs to help homeless people get back on their feet. The Republican-controlled Congress, meanwhile, seems intent on overhauling the nation's welfare system in ways that could add to the woes of the homeless. Some welfare-reform advocates argue that private caregivers could make up for reduced public aid. But churches and charities say their resources already are stretched to the limit.

ISSUE TRACKER for Related Reports
Poverty and Homelessness
Jan. 11, 2019  Domestic Poverty
Aug. 04, 2017  Poverty and Homelessness
Jul. 17, 2015  Fighting Urban Poverty
Oct. 10, 2014  Housing the Homeless
Oct. 28, 2011  Child Poverty
Sep. 07, 2007  Domestic Poverty Updated
Jun. 18, 2004  Ending Homelessness
Dec. 22, 2000  Hunger in America
Apr. 07, 2000  Child Poverty
Jan. 26, 1996  Helping the Homeless
Aug. 07, 1992  The Homeless
Mar. 30, 1990  Why Homeless Need More Than Shelter
Sep. 30, 1983  Hunger in America
Oct. 29, 1982  The Homeless: Growing National Problem
Jan. 25, 1967  Status of War on Poverty
Feb. 05, 1964  Persistence of Poverty
Jun. 06, 1956  Pockets of Poverty
Privatization of Government Functions
Welfare and Welfare Reform