Homelessness pp 109-116 | Cite as

Mental Health and Homelessness

The Clinician’s View
  • J. Thomas Ungerleider
  • Therese Andrysiak
  • Naomi Siegel
  • Derrell Tidwell
  • Toni Flynn
Part of the Topics in Social Psychiatry book series (TSPS)


This chapter presents the clinician’s view of homelessness and related mental health issues based on the experiences of a mental health outreach team (the “team”), which operates in the shelters, the meal programs, and the jail of a high-density homeless area in a coastal suburb of Los Angeles County. The beach cities of Santa Monica and Venice differ from downtown Los Angeles’s skid row, New York’s Harlem, and Boston’s “combat zone” in that they are largely residential areas, are easily accessible by bus from downtown, border on the Pacific Ocean, and contain many public parks.1 Violence is less than in downtown skid row, but there are fewer shelters and social service facilities.


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Thomas Ungerleider
    • 1
  • Therese Andrysiak
    • 2
  • Naomi Siegel
    • 3
  • Derrell Tidwell
    • 4
  • Toni Flynn
    • 5
  1. 1.Neuropsychiatric InstituteUniversity of California, Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.St. John’s HospitalSanta MonicaUSA
  3. 3.Santa MonicaUSA
  4. 4.Outreach Team to the Homeless Mentally IllSt. John’s HospitalSanta MonicaUSA
  5. 5.Salvation ArmySan Luis ObispoUSA

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