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3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  32 ratings  ·  5 reviews
How widespread is homelessness, how did it happen, and what can be done about it? These are the questions explored by Christopher Jencks, one of America's foremost analysts of social problems. Jencks examines the standard explanations and finds that the de-institutionalization of the mentally ill, the invention of crack cocaine, rising joblessness among men, declining marr ...more
Paperback, 174 pages
Published March 15th 1995 by Harvard University Press (first published April 1994)
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Terri Lynn
I have volunteered with the homeless since I was a child and my parents not only did volunteer with the homeless but often took some of them, especially elderly and handicapped ones, in. Naturally I try to read about homelessness and learn as much as I can so to be as effective as I can in helping our local homeless community.

Unfortunately when it comes to this book about the homeless, it doesn't get much more boring than this. There are no individual case studies to liven up the book and make
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Tommy
Well-written and well-argued, Jencks's "The Homeless" is a sober and nuanced--often non-partisan--analysis of homelessness. Using both quantitative and qualitative methodologies, Jencks skillfully addresses the challenges in defining the homeless, its multiple causes, and a number of possible solutions.
(Note for NYRB subscribers, this book is an expansion of a two-part article reviewing seven books on homelessness.)
Cyndie
Sep 20, 2014 Cyndie rated it 4 of 5 stars
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I like to believe most of us want to make a difference in the world. One of the things I have always wanted to understand more about, so that perhaps I can do something more to help is homelessness. As new veterinarians become more debt laden, I also get concerned about the financial instability of people in my profession.

I have several relevant books on my list, but this was an excellent place to start to better understand many of the different facets to homelessness and especially what has le
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Katie
Jun 03, 2008 Katie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people interested in homelessness history
Shelves: social-justice
I learned A LOT from this book even though it was published in 1994. Great look at history and how it has made the situation for the homeless- particularly the mentally ill homeless- worse and worse. "No other affluent country has abandoned its mentally ill to this extent."

Very clear, well researched, and relevant. I'm torn between 3 and 4 stars b/c it was great.
Libby
tone of the writing is sometimes Sgouros-esque, but with less humor.
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