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The mole people : life in the tunnels beneath New York City / by Toth, Jennifer.;
Includes bibliographical references (p. 257-260) and index.
Subjects: Underground homeless persons;
© c1993., Chicago Review Press,
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My dog always eats first : homeless people and their animals / by Irvine, Leslie.;
Includes bibliographical references (p. 173-189) and index.A good life for a dog? -- Accessing homeless pet owners -- Confrontations and donations -- Friend and family -- The pack of two -- Protectors -- Lifechangers and lifesavers -- Implications for research and policy."A weary-looking man stands at an intersection, backpack at his feet. Curled up nearby is a mixed-breed dog, unfazed by the passing traffic. The man holds a sign that reads, "Two old dogs need help. God bless." What's happening here? Leslie Irvine breaks new ground in the study of homelessness by investigating the frequently noticed, yet underexplored, role that animals play in the lives of homeless people. Irvine conducted interviews on street corners, in shelters, even at highway underpasses, to provide insights into the benefits and liabilities that animals have for the homeless. She also weighs the perspectives of social service workers, veterinarians, and local communities. Her work provides a new way of looking at both the meaning of animal companionship and the concept of home itself."--Publisher's website.
Subjects: Homeless persons.; Animal welfare.; Human-animal relationships.;
© 2013., Lynne Rienner Publishers,
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No longer homeless : how the ex-homeless get and stay off the streets / by Wagner, David.; Atticks, Gemma,1981-author.;
Includes bibliographical references (pages 173-178) and index.Giving voice to the ex-homeless -- Profiles of formerly homeless people : some surprising successes -- The fight to secure and stay in housing -- The income to live and avoid homelessness -- Community, support, and staying housed -- The therapeutic road to recovery : exits from homelessness -- Appendix I: Finding the ex-homeless : research methods -- Appendix II: The ex-homeless in history and among celebrities.No Longer Homeless is a powerful look at a group of people we rarely hear about-those who have formerly been on the streets-sharing the details of their lives to help individuals, organizations, and communities learn to better support the ongoing challenges of homelessness.Research suggests that between 6 and 14 percent of the US population has been homeless at some point in their lives--a huge number of people. No Longer Homeless shares the stories of people who have formerly been homeless to examine how they transition off the streets, find housing, and stay housed. No Longer Homeless offers a unique perspective of people who have managed to change their lives, the resources they needed, and the factors that contributed to lasting change. The book profiles men and women of different races and ages across the country, and it shares stories of people who have been off the streets from two months to twenty years. It addresses topics such as addiction, mental health, income--from formal employment and off-the-books work, and community resources. No Longer Homeless is a powerful look at a group of people we rarely hear about--those who have formerly been on the streets--sharing the details of their lives to help individuals, organizations, and communities learn to better support the ongoing challenges of homelessness. -- Provided by publisher.
Subjects: Homeless persons; Homeless persons;
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The street lawyer / by Grisham, John.;
A corporate lawyer in Washington goes to war against his own company to defend the homeless. It happens after Michael Brock is abducted by a homeless man and held hostage. The homeless man is killed by a police sharpshooter and the lawyer is rescued, but the experience changes his life. Michael was in a hurry. He was scrambling up the ladder at Drake & Sweeney, a giant D.C. law firm with eight hundred lawyers. The money was good and getting better; a partnership was three years away. He was a rising star with no time to waste, no time to stop, no time to toss a few coins into the cups of panhandlers. No time for a conscience. But a violent encounter with a homeless man stopped him cold. Michael survived; his assailant did not. Who was this man? Michael did some digging, and learned that he was a mentally ill veteran who'd been in and out of shelters for many years. Then Michael dug a little deeper, and found a dirty secret, and the secret involved Drake & Sweeney. The fast track derailed; the ladder collapsed. Michael bolted the firm and took a top-secret file with him. He landed in the streets, an advocate for the homeless, a street lawyer.
Subjects: Legal stories.; Homeless persons; Legal stories.;
© 2012., Bantam Books Trade Paperbacks,
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Rough sleepers / by Kidder, Tracy,author.;
Includes bibliographical references (pages 287-299).I. The van -- II. The art of healing -- Conscripted -- Foot soaking -- Disaster medicine -- III. The pantheon -- Numbers -- A new face -- The street team meeting -- Angels without wings -- The memorial service -- IV. Against medical advice -- No loud voices -- Upside-down medicine -- Death by housing -- Eulogies for Barbara -- Living life backwards -- V. Searching for meaning -- A history of Tony -- Inventing a purpose -- The social director -- Autumn street rounds -- Success -- VI. A system of friends -- Winter comes -- Tony's world -- The beauty of human connection -- Sisyphus -- Boundaries and limits -- The gala -- The prism -- VII. The night watchman -- The worry list -- Button-down-shirt moments -- The hug -- The law of pariahs -- In Boston Municipal Court -- Childhood -- A free man -- Confession -- The night watchman -- VIII. The portrait gallery -- A pandemic season -- The portrait gallery."When he graduated from Harvard Medical School, Jim O'Connell was asked by the medical school Dean to spend one year setting up a program to care for the homeless population in Boston. It became Jim O'Connell's life calling, to help people known as "rough sleepers." For the past three decades, Dr. O'Connell has run the Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program, which he helped to create. Affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital, the program includes clinics and a van on which Dr O'Connell and his staff ride through the Boston streets at night, offering outreach of medical care, socks, soup, and friendship to a marginalized community"--
Subjects: O'Connell, James J. (James Joseph), 1948-; Homeless persons; Homeless persons; Homelessness;
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Holes / by Sachar, Louis,1954-;
As further evidence of his family's bad fortune which they attribute to a curse on a distant relative, Stanley Yelnats is sent to a hellish correctional camp in the Texas desert where he finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself.Newbery Medal, 1999.Young Adult.Accelerated ReaderReading Counts!660
Subjects: Juvenile delinquency; Homeless persons; Friendship; Treasure troves; Juvenile delinquency; Homeless persons; Friendship; Buried treasure;
© 2000, ©1998., Yearling,
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When we walk by : forgotten humanity, broken systems, and the role we can each play in ending homelessness in America / by Adler, Kevin F.,author.; Burnes, Donald W.,author.;
Includes bibliographical references (pages 241-288) and index."Think about the last time that you saw or interacted with an unhoused person. What did you do? What did you say? Did you offer money or a smile, or did you avert your gaze? When We Walk By takes an urgent look at homelessness in America, showing us what we lose--in ourselves and as a society--when we choose to walk past and ignore our neighbors in shelters, insecure housing, or on the streets. And it brilliantly shows what we stand to gain when we embrace our humanity and move toward evidence-based people-first, community-driven solutions, offering social analysis, economic and political histories, and the real stories of unhoused people. Authors Kevin F. Adler and Donald W. Burnes, with Amanda Banh and Andrijana Bilbija, recast chronic homelessness in the U.S. as a byproduct of twin crises: our social services systems are failing, and so is our humanity. Readers will learn: Why our brains have been trained to overlook our unhoused neighbors. The social, economic, and political forces that shape myths like "all homeless people are addicts" and "they'd have a house if they got a job." What conservative economics gets wrong about housing insecurity. What relational poverty is, and how to shift away from "us versus them" thinking. That for many Americans, housing insecurity is just one missed paycheck away. Who "the homeless" really are--and why that might surprise you. What you can do to help, starting today. A necessary, deeply humanizing read that goes beyond theory and policy analysis to offer engaged solutions with compassion and heart, When We Walk By is a must-read for anyone who cares about homelessness, housing solutions, and their own humanity" --
Subjects: Homelessness; Housing policy; Homeless persons; Poverty;
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The value of homelessness : managing surplus life in the United States / by Willse, Craig.1975-;
Includes bibliographical references and index.Introduction: housing and other monsters -- Surplus life, or race and death in neoliberal times -- Homelessness as method: social science and the racial order -- From pathology to population: managing homelessness in the United States -- Governing through numbers: HUD and the databasing of homelessness -- The invention of chronic homelessness -- Conclusion: surplus life at the limits of the good."It is all too easy to assume that social service programs respond to homelessness, seeking to prevent and understand it. "The Value of Homelessness," however, argues that homelessness today is an effect of social services and sciences, which shape not only what counts as such but what will--or ultimately won't--be done about it. Through a history of U.S. housing insecurity from the 1930s to the present, Craig Willse traces the emergence and consolidation of a homeless services industry. How to most efficiently allocate resources to control ongoing insecurity has become the goal, he shows, rather than how to eradicate the social, economic, and political bases of housing needs. Drawing on his own years of work in homeless advocacy and activist settings, as well as interviews conducted with program managers, counselors, and staff at homeless services organizations in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle, Willse provides the first analysis of how housing insecurity becomes organized as a governable social problem. An unprecedented and powerful historical account of the development of contemporary ideas about homelessness and how to manage homelessness, "The Value of Homelessness" offers new ways for students and scholars of social work, urban inequality, racial capitalism, and political theory to comprehend the central role of homelessness in governance and economy today."--Provided by publisher.
Subjects: Homelessness; Homeless persons; Housing policy;
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The glass castle [sound recording (book on CD)] / by Walls, Jeannette.; Gibson, Julia.nrt;
Performed by Julia Gibson.Jeannette Walls tells the story about her childhood. She talks about living like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Retreating to the dismal West Virginia mining town--and the family-- her father, Rex Walls, had done everything he could to escape. He drank. He stole the grocery money and disappeared for days. As the dysfunction of the family escalated, Jeannette and her brother and sisters had to fend for themselves, supporting one another as they weathered their parents' betrayals and, finally, found the resources and will to leave home.
Subjects: Audiobooks.; Walls, Jeannette.; Children of alcoholics; Children of alcoholics; Problem families; Problem families; Poor; Homeless persons;
© p2005., Recorded Books,
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The insanity offense : how America's failure to treat the seriously mentally ill endangers its citizens / by Torrey, E. Fuller(Edwin Fuller),1937-;
Includes bibliographical references (p. 219-250) and index.Beginning in the 1960s in the United States, scores of patients with severe psychiatric disorders were discharged from public mental hospitals. At the same time, activists forced changes in commitment laws that made it impossible to treat half of the patients that left the hospital. The combined effect was profoundly destructive. Today, among homeless persons, at least one-third are severely mentally ill; among the incarcerated, at least one-tenth. Of those individuals living in our communities, many are the victims of violent crime. Other untreated individuals commit crimes, including murder and assault. Here, advocate Torrey takes full stock of this phenomenon, exploring the causes and consequences as he weaves together narratives of individual tragedies in three states with sobering national data on our failure to treat the mentally ill. In the book's final chapters, Torrey outlines what needs to be done to reverse this ongoing--and accelerating--disaster.--From publisher description.Introduction : the origins of a disaster -- Death by the roadside -- Thirteen murders to prevent an earthquake -- "The odds are still in society's favor" -- The killing of three devils -- The sad legacy of Ms. Lessard -- God does not take medication -- The consequences of unconstrained civil liberties : homeless, incarcerated, and victimized -- The consequences of unconstrained civil liberties : violent and homicidal -- An imperative for change -- Fixing the system -- Coda : death by the roadside.
Subjects: Mental health services; Mentally ill; Mentally ill; Dangerously mentally ill; Mental health laws;
© c2008., W.W. Norton,
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