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The New Poverty: Homeless Families in America

Da Costa Nunez, Ralph

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ISBN 10: 030645274X / ISBN 13: 9780306452741
Verlag: Basic Books, 1996
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Titel: The New Poverty: Homeless Families in ...

Verlag: Basic Books

Erscheinungsdatum: 1996

Einband: Paperback

Zustand:Very Good

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The New Poverty: Homeless Families in America explores the complex issues surrounding the epidemic of homelessness and presents plausible solutions to reverse the spread of this scourge. The book clearly defines the extent of the issue - its scale, severity, and scope - and offers a viable alternative to stem homelessness, poverty, and welfare dependence in America. Dr. Nunez, esteemed for his work in social welfare policy, makes an important contribution to the current literature on homelessness by proposing a bold new direction for national homeless policy, one that calls for the transformation of the emergency shelter system into comprehensive residential-educational-employment training centers that are child focused and family based. Supported by compelling interviews and photographs of homeless families, the author logically contends that with education, family preservation services, and job training, these families can become self-sufficient. However, if they are deprived of these opportunities, another generation of children will grow up without homes and without the traditional values of work, responsibility, and independence. The New Poverty is intended to reach many audiences, from general readers to professionals in sociology, political science, education, public policy, and the legal and medical communities. In the midst of the current tense political climate, this extraordinary book will educate and enlighten the public on the history and realities of family homelessness, as well as give policy makers and academics substantive material to help make decisions and develop policy and program directives.

From Publishers Weekly:

Only nine years ago, the head of a typical homeless family was 35 years old and a high school graduate, who had had been employed on more than a short-term basis. In examining data on New York City's homeless population today, one finds that "the typical homeless family head-of-household is a young, single woman without a high school diploma or substantial work experience. There is a 50 percent chance that she is currently pregnant. She has most likely experienced substance abuse and is probably the victim of domestic violence and perhaps has lived in foster care as a child." Nu?ez, president of Home for the Homeless in New York City, analyzes this change of demographics, and offers a way out of the cycle of poverty and homelessness: American Family Inns, his organization's privately and publicly funded shelter system. Nu?ez's uncritical advocacy and use of participants' testimonials is too often like advertising copy; on the other hand, the system is indeed an attractive alternative to traditional shelters. Most governmental responses to homelessness begin and end in emergency relief; American Family Inns, for the same cost or less, "Provide up to ten times the services with tangible, lasting results." They mean to give young, homeless mothers help in keeping their vulnerable families together and in maintaining their new independence with on-site support services that include adult education and job training; after-school, accelerated classes for children; drug rehabilitation; child care; preparation for moving into housing and follow-through counseling. The target audience of this persuasive volume includes voters as well as policy-makers. Photos not seen by PW.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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