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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 marriage rates, cuts in welfare benefits and the desruction of skid row have all played a role. Changes in the housing market have had less impact than many claim, however, and real federal housing subsidies actually doubled during the 1980s. Not confining his mission to "studying" the homeless, Jencks proposes several practical approaches to "helping" the homeless.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674405967
ISBN-10: 067440596X
Format: Paperback
(221mm x 141mm x 12mm)
Pages: 176
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 6-Mar-1995
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Christopher Jencks

Christopher Jencks is John D. MacArthur Professor of Sociology and Urban Affairs at Northwestern University.

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