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By Jason Adam Wasserman

Of their compelling exam of what it capacity to be actually at domestic in the street, Jason Wasserman and Jeffrey Clair argue that courses and regulations addressing homeless humans too frequently serve simply to alienate them. Wasserman and Clair delve into the complicated realities of homelessness to color a gripping photo of people - now not circumstances or pathologies - dwelling in the street and in their thoughts for day-by-day survival. by way of exploring the non-public areas that those people who are homeless create for themselves, in addition to their winning social mores, the authors clarify how well-intentioned guidelines and courses usually purely widen the space among the indigent and mainstream society. the result's an unvarnished examine the tradition of long term homelessness and a clean method of attaining this resurgent inhabitants. of their compelling exam of what it capacity to be actually at domestic in the street, the authors argue that courses and guidelines designed to aid homeless humans too usually serve in simple terms to alienate them.

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Rossi, DOH'1t and Ollt ill America. 36. Rossi et al.. " 37. , "The Urban Homeless"; this also was the case for a local homeless count conducted by a coalition of service providers in our city. 38, Rossi, DOH'll alld 0111 ill America. p. 104. 39. See for example Nunez and Fox, "A Snapshot of Family Homelessness Across America"; this also is contested. " 40. See Passaro, The Unequal f1omeless, for a discussion of how this tends to reproduce gendered concepts of female dependency; Pippert, in Road Dogs alld LOllers, similarly draws on gender theory to explain a lower level of support for programs that target men who are homeless.

That service agencies compete with each other for funding. 10. Rossi. Joord Sq1/are, for discllssion of problems of collecting cross-sectional data primarily at service agencies; see also Rosen's ("The Problem of Homelessness Is Exaggerated") more extreme position that methodological problcms so dramatically innate the numbers of those who are homeless that he concludes the problem itself is exaggerated. 11. See Rossi et al.. , "Depression Among the Homeless"; LaGory et a1.. tt'ersulI COI/IlfY.

Statistics tend to uo. we hope that our struggle to pin dO\vn sllch notions accurately conveys their more realistic complexity. " This was our most routine interview question, a sliver of consistency in our unstructured interview protocol. Most often this would elicit a list of causes of homelessness, not a definition of who qualified for the label: "The homeless are substance abusers, the mentally ill, people who have lost their jobs, had a seriolls life crisis, have lost their families. " This betrays the pervasive way in which homelessness is constructed as a social probkm, but it skips a more basic crucial step.

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