The Homeless: Degrees of Unmet Physical Need

  • Edward J. O’Boyle


Human material need, as we have stated several times previously, consists of two central elements: physical need and the need for work itself. Poverty or economic hardship is a condition wherein economic resources in general are insufficient to meet physical need. Since need is a normative concept that reflects the values of the persons who use it and homelessness is a special type of unmet physical need, it is virtually impossible to achieve universal agreement as to the proper definition of homelessness.


Current Population Survey Unemployment Insurance Exit Rate Homeless Person Absolute Poverty 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Edward J. O’Boyle
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  1. 1.Louisiana Tech UniversityUSA

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