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By Peter H. Rossi

The main actual and finished photograph of homelessness so far, this examine bargains a robust rationalization of its reasons, proposes brief- and long term strategies, and files the extraordinary contrasts among the homeless of the Fifties and Sixties and the modern homeless inhabitants, that is more youthful and comprises extra ladies, childrens, and blacks.

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Not i~bser-~, applying most definitions requires asking people diI. For most structures, residential units can be easily discerned and defined. However, should holel rooms, army barracks, school and college dormitories, and convents be included? The answer is probably yes for n census but is nO( so clear for a sample survey concerned primarily with employmem status. Indeed, as I discussed carlier, the Current Population Survey includes only conventional dwellings within its sampling frames. Chapter Three Counting the Homeless and the Extremely Poor rect questions.

Driven by their avid appetite for the startling and counterintuitive, journalists provide a strong market for such guesses, with the strongest demand for extreme estimates. ) In addition to national "estimates," there are many estimates of the homeless popUlations of specific cities. Indeed. most of the national estimates are based on compilations of and extrapolations from loeal estimates. On the surface it may seem easier to estimate the number of the homeless in specific cities or states, but the task is plagued by many of the same problems as developing national estimates.

Nor would anyone want it entirely otherwise. In nalural disasters, not only is it unnecessary to know the full extent of the damages before sending in emergency aid, but it would be heartless to wait until that detailed knowledge became available. However, when it comes to planning and implementing long-term measures to reduce the risks of damage from earthquakes or floods, it is best, irnot essential, to have accurate knowledge about the extent and location of risk. I Much the same considerations apply to homelessness.

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