Explaining Homelessness

Wolch, M. Dear, A. Akita, “Explaining Homelessness”, Journal of the American Planning Association, 54(4), 1988, 443‑453


As the problem of homelessness intensifies in the United States, the search for solutions becomes increasingly urgent. This article presents an explanation of the origins of the current crisis of homelessness. It examines the preconditions of homelessness, as well as events that tend to perpetuate the deprivations of the homeless. We argue that planners need a comprehensive account of the problem to guide us in our choice of intervention strategies that will be appropriate at various stages in the cycle of homelessness.

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