The Dynamics of Homelessness: Research and Policy
Barrett Lee, Marybeth Shinn, and Dennis Culhane (eds.)
The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science (693; January 2021)
Contrary to popular perceptions of homelessness as static and enduring, this volume of The ANNALS provides a more nuanced view. Its 16 core articles employ innovative research designs and multiple types of over-time data to 1) analyze changes in homeless populations and the people experiencing homelessness; 2) examine factors leading to episodes of homelessness; and 3) evaluate interventions intended to end homelessness and to help individuals and families thrive. Contributors to the volume illuminate the dynamic nature of the phenomenon, both at the micro level (where people enter, pass through, and exit homelessness on different trajectories) and at the macro level (where shifting structural forces and public policies influence the scale of the problem and whom it affects).
Informed by diverse disciplinary perspectives and methodological approaches, the articles advance social scientific understanding of homelessness while suggesting how the problem might be more effectively addressed. Thus, they should be of interest to policy makers and practitioners as well as scholars.
The volume’s contents can be accessed at https://journals.sagepub.com/