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Homelessness: Programs and the People They Serve - Summary Report

Report Acceptance Date: 
December 1999 (112 pages)
Posted Date:   
January 5, 2000

Homelessness has been a constant presence in American cities, towns, and rural areas for many years, although during the recession of 1981-82 it was identified as a national issue for the first time since the Great Depression. Since the early 1980s, homeless ness has been a regular focus of media interest and a topic of policy debate. The array of programs and services for homeless persons has increased greatly during this period, as has the funding needed to support them.