Title

How “Deserving” Are the Most Vulnerable Homeless?

Department

Social Work & Human Services

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

4-2007

Abstract

These thoughts on poverty relate to the strengths and needs of shelter programs that lead people who are homeless to self-sufficiency. Demographic data from 4,000 homeless shelter guests over a 4-year period gave evidence that the shelter was an important part of a suburban social service delivery system. It met the short-term needs of many who were homeless. The irony is that the same program developed to help homeless individuals attain self-sufficiency appears to set up many of the most vulnerable to fail, specifically mothers and their children and those addicted to alcohol and drugs.

Journal

Journal of Poverty

Journal ISSN

1087-5549

Volume

11

Issue

1

First Page

135

Last Page

141

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1300/J134v11n01_06