The Homeless

August 7, 1992 • Volume 2, Issue 29
How can the complex problems of the homeless be overcome?
By Eileen Quigley


When homelessness began attracting national attention in the early 1980s, U.S. cities initially responded by providing the barest of accommodations -- a roof and one meal. That response was borrowed from the past, when the typical homeless person was a white, middle-aged alcoholic. But today's new generation of homeless is young, poorly educated and increasingly composed of families, often from minority groups. Many also suffer from severe mental illness or substance abuse. To help such people, providers are building small, resource- centered facilities designed to change peoples' lives, even if it means singling out those individuals with the motivation to improve. Critics say this approach discriminates against the hard-luck cases. Others say the emphasis should be on preventing homelessness in the first place.

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Aug. 04, 2017  Poverty and Homelessness
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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
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