Responding to the Homeless

Policy and Practice

  • Russell K. Schutt
  • Gerald R. Garrett

Part of the Topics in Social Psychiatry book series (TSPS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Russell K. Schutt, Gerald R. Garrett
    Pages 1-20
  3. Russell K. Schutt, Gerald R. Garrett
    Pages 21-44
  4. Russell K. Schutt, Gerald R. Garrett
    Pages 45-70
  5. Stephen M. Goldfinger, Elise Kline, Russell K. Schutt, Ezra Susser
    Pages 71-96
  6. Russell K. Schutt, Gerald R. Garrett
    Pages 97-138
  7. Russell K. Schutt, Gerald R. Garrett
    Pages 139-162
  8. Barbara A. Blakeney
    Pages 163-190
  9. Friedner D. Wittman
    Pages 191-211
  10. Russell K. Schutt, Gerald R. Garrett
    Pages 213-221
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 223-258

About this book


Responding to the Homeless: Policy and Practice is largely a product of a unique collaboration between Russell K. Schutt and Gerald R. Garrett and their Boston community. As such, it offers a rich perspective on the problem of homelessness that is derived from the authors' shared experience with researchers, academics, students, providers, policymakers, and homeless persons themselves. Schutt and Garrett take the reader into the shelters and acquaint him or her with the philosophical and practical dilemmas facing line workers as well as policymakers. They also take the reader into the community to better understand the housing market and the dysfunctional continuities among shelter, housing, treatment, and social supports. There are sensitive discussions of the salient health problems that too commonly touch the lives of homeless individuals, such as substance abuse and AIDS. The volume also includes clear descriptions of the sometimes elusive processes of counseling and case management for homeless individuals. The sidebars of "what to do" and "what not to do" contain useful information that will both inform and empower individuals who are working on the front lines, and inspire and prepare future caregivers. While the eminently readable organization and style of the book are sugges­ tive of a highly practical handbook on the basics of homelessness, the authors and their contributors have also produced a scholarly volume that is replete with current research findings, programs descriptions, case studies, and vignettes.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Russell K. Schutt
    • 1
    • 2
  • Gerald R. Garrett
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Massachusetts at BostonBostonUSA
  2. 2.Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA

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