Encyclopedia of Homelessness, 1st Edition

  • Editor: David Levinson
  • Published By: SAGE
  • ISBN-10: 1412925398
  • ISBN-13: 9781412925396
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 886 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2004 | Published/Released May 2005
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2004

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The print version originally published in 2004 received the following awards:

  • Booklist Editor's Choice 2004
  • RUSA 2004 Outstanding Reference Source

At any given moment, about 3 million American women, men, and children are homeless. And another 5 million Americans spend over 50 percent of their incomes on housing, meaning that one missed paycheck, one health crisis, or one unpaid utility bill can push them out the door into homelessness.

Homelessness is one of the major social problems and personal and family tragedies of the contemporary world. No community, city, or nation is immune and the lack of affordable housing and a decline in secure, well-paying jobs means that the problem will only get worse.

The Encyclopedia of Homelessness is the first systematic effort to organize and summarize what we know about this complex topic that impacts not only the homeless but all of society. The Encyclopedia focuses on the current situation in the United States with a comparative sampling of homelessness around the world.

Key features include:

  • Over 150 entries, organized alphabetically
  • Entries written by an international team of leading authorities in the field
  • Reader's Guide groups entries by broad topic areas

    Appendices include:

    • Homelessness in Popular Culture: Novels and Autobiographies
    • Homelessness in Popular Culture: Film
    • Directory of Street Newspapers
    • Master Bibliography
    • Documentary History-selection of primary source material from c. 500 CE to 2003

    This title is available in eBook format through Gale Virtual Reference Library.



  • David Levinson


"This important set is highly recommended for academic and large public libraries." --Lawrence Looks at Books, October 2004

— Lawrence Looks at Books

Table of Contents

Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Editorial Board.
List of Entries.
Reader's Guide.
List of Sidebars.
List of Historical Documents.
About the Editors.
1: Abeyance Theory.
2: African-Americans.
3: Alcohol and Drugs.
American Bar Association Commission on Homelessness and Poverty.
4: Assertive Community Treatment (ACT).
Association of Gospel Rescue Missions.
5: Australia.
6: Autobiography and Memoir, Contemporary Homeless.
7: Bangladesh.
8: Boston.
9: Bowery, The.
10: Brazil.
11: Calcutta.
12: Canada.
13: Case Management.
14: Causes of Homelessness: Overview.
15: Chicago Skid Row.
16: Child Care.
17: Child Support.
18: Children, Education of.
19: Children, Impact of Homelessness on.
20: Continuum of Care.
21: Copenhagen.
Corporation for Supportive Housing.
22: Cost-Effectiveness Analysis.
23: Criminal Activity and Policing.
24: Cuba.
25: Dallas.
26: Deindustrialization.
27: Deinstitutionalization.
28: Denmark.
29: Disorders and Health Problems: Overview.
30: Egypt.
31: Encampments, Urban.
32: Epidemiology.
33: Ethnography.
European Network for Housing Research.
34: Fair Housing Laws.
35: Families.
36: Family Separations and Reunifications.
37: Food Programs.
38: Foster Care.
39: France.
40: Gentrification.
41: Germany.
Goodwill Industries International.
Great Depression.
42: Harm Reduction.
43: Health Care.
44: Hidden Homelessness.
45: Homeless Assistance Services and Networks.
Homeless Court Program.
Homeless International.
46: Homeless Organizing.
47: Homelessness, Course of.
48: Homelessness, Definitions and Estimates of.
49: Homelessness, International Perspectives on.
50: Homelessness, Patterns of.
51: Homelessness, Rural.
52: Homelessness, Suburban.
53: Housing, Affordable.
54: Housing, Transitional.
55: Housing and Homelessness in Developing Nations.
56: "Housing First" Approach.
57: Houston.
58: Hunger and Nutrition.
59: Images of Homelessness in Contemporary Documentary Film.
60: Images of Homelessness in Narrative Film, History of.
61: Images of Homelessness in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century American Literature.
62: Images of Homelessness in the Media.
63: Indonesia.
International Network of Street Newspapers.
International Union of Tenants.
64: Interventions, Clinical.
65: Interventions, Housing.
66: Italy.
67: Japan.
68: Latino(a)s.
69: Legal Advocacy.
70: Legislation, Programs, and Policies, U.S. Federal.
71: Libraries: Issues in Serving the Homeless.
72: Liminality.
73: Literature, Hobo and Tramp.
74: London.
75: Los Angeles.
76: Low-Income Housing.
77: Marginality.
78: Mental Health System.
79: Mental Illness and Health.
80: Minneapolis and St. Paul.
81: Mobility.
82: Montreal.
83: Mumbai (Bombay).
84: Municipal Lodging Houses.
85: Nairobi.
National Alliance to End Homelessness.
National Center on Family Homelessness.
National Coalition for the Homeless.
National Resource Center on Homelessness and Mental Illness.
86: Netherlands.
87: New York City.
88: Nigeria.
89: Older Homeless Persons.
90: Outreach.