Homelessness pp 323-336 | Cite as

Homeless but Not Helpless

Squatters Take Care of Themselves and Each Other
  • Mary Beth Welch
Part of the Topics in Social Psychiatry book series (TSPS)


Wherever there are homeless people, squatting activity goes on—under freeways, on sidewalks, in parks,* and in empty houses and buildings. Some of these settlements are more permanent than others, but few are more than ad hoc claims on available space. Organized squatting could turn these ad hoc arrangements into political claims for shelter rights.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mary Beth Welch
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  1. 1.Urban Studies Program and Women’s Studies ProgramCalifornia State University, NorthridgeNorthridgeUSA

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