Homelessness in America: An Overview

  • Kathi R. TrawverEmail author
  • Stephen Oby
  • Lauren Kominkiewicz
  • Frances Bernard Kominkiewicz
  • Kelsey Whittington


This chapter provides an overview of homelessness in the United States, including its history, causes, definitions, prevalence, and policies. Further, the chapter describes various populations that are most often impacted by homelessness, such as individuals diagnosed with mental illness, children and families, youth and young adults, people who identify as LGBTQ+, victims of domestic violence, veterans, and individuals with substance use issues.


Homelessness Homeless United States Housing Homelessness Homelessness legislation Continuum of care Homeless prevalence rates Homeless populations Mental illness Substance use Veterans Immigrants Families Youth LGBTQ+ Housing assistance Homeless court Housing First Rapid rehousing Supported housing Consequences of homelessness 

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  • Kathi R. Trawver
    • 1
    Email author
  • Stephen Oby
    • 2
  • Lauren Kominkiewicz
    • 3
  • Frances Bernard Kominkiewicz
    • 4
  • Kelsey Whittington
    • 5
  1. 1.University of Alaska AnchorageAnchorageUSA
  2. 2.University at AlbanyAlbanyUSA
  3. 3.Children’s Legal Services of San DiegoSan DiegoUSA
  4. 4.Saint Mary’s CollegeNotre DameUSA
  5. 5.VA Palo Alto Health Care SystemPalo AltoUSA

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