Homelessness Prevention and Intervention in Social Work

Policies, Programs, and Practices

  • Heather Larkin
  • Amanda Aykanian
  • Calvin L. Streeter

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Characteristics and Service Needs of People Experiencing Homelessness

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Kathi R. Trawver, Stephen Oby, Lauren Kominkiewicz, Frances Bernard Kominkiewicz, Kelsey Whittington
      Pages 3-39
    3. Stephanie Duncan, Stephen Oby, Heather Larkin
      Pages 41-56
    4. Elizabeth Bowen, Ryan Savino, Andrew Irish
      Pages 57-83
    5. Stephanie Duncan, Ann Howard, Calvin L. Streeter
      Pages 85-100
  3. Individual, Community, and System Responses to Homelessness

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-101
    2. Linda Plitt Donaldson, Diane Yentel
      Pages 103-122
    3. Arturo Baiocchi, Tyler M. Argüello
      Pages 123-147
    4. Benjamin F. Henwood, Deborah K. Padgett
      Pages 171-183
    5. Amanda Aykanian, Sondra J. Fogel
      Pages 185-205
    6. Calvin L. Streeter, Maya Williams, Ann Howard
      Pages 207-221
  4. Homelessness Services Delivery

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 223-223
    2. Carolyn Hanesworth, Daniel Herman
      Pages 225-238
    3. Wonhyung Lee, Kristin M. Ferguson
      Pages 239-254
    4. Linda Plitt Donaldson, Wonhyung Lee
      Pages 279-299
    5. Jonah DeChants, Kimberly Bender, Kelsey Stone
      Pages 335-358
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 395-412

About this book


This important text provides a comprehensive survey of homelessness in America: its scope and causes, its diverse populations, and the array of responses at the individual, community, and systems levels. Expert contributors explore the links between trauma and homelessness, the cycle of homelessness and health/mental health problems, and barriers preventing people from accessing services. Case studies of effective programs and practices focus on science-based interventions, broad understanding of client needs, and close coordination between systems and agencies. Finally, specialized chapters discuss issues and experiences common to homeless youth and young adults, including housing instability on college campuses and empowerment-based strategies for engaging youth voice in programming .

Included in the coverage:

  • Homelessness and health disparities: a health equity lens
  • Affordable housing and housing policy responses to homelessness
  • Street talk: homeless discourses and the politics of service provision
  • Multisectoral collaborations to address homelessness
  • Trauma-informed care in homelessness service settings: challenges and opportunities
  • Incorporating youth voice into services for young people experiencing homelessness

Homelessness Prevention and Intervention in Social Work fills a critical gap in the social work curriculum as a main or a supplementary text. It also makes an accessible resource for clinicians and community practitioners seeking current knowledge on the topic, practical approaches to working with clients experiencing homelessness, and useful information for effective program and policy design.


Restorative Integral Support Model Preventing Homelessness Child Welfare People Experiencing Homelessness Homelessness and Health Causes of Homelessness Social Work's Grand Challenges Community-Based Strategies Funding Homeless Initiatives Social Work Education Intervention for At-Risk Populations Homeless Youth Critical Time Intervention Social Service Delivery Service Implementation Social Work and Social Policy

Editors and affiliations

  • Heather Larkin
    • 1
  • Amanda Aykanian
    • 2
  • Calvin L. Streeter
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Social WelfareUniversity at Albany (SUNY)AlbanyUSA
  2. 2.School of Social WelfareUniversity at Albany (SUNY)AlbanyUSA
  3. 3.School of Social WorkUniversity of Texas at AustinAustinUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-03726-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-03727-7
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