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date: 20 April 2024



  • Yin-Ling Irene WongYin-Ling Irene WongUniversity of Pennsylvania


This entry provides an overview of contemporary homelessness as a major social problem in the United States, focusing on the definition of homelessness and its prevalence, as well as on the composition and characteristics of the homeless population. It then discusses the dynamics and causes of homelessness and examines policy responses toward homelessness since the McKinney–Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 1987. The entry points to the multifaceted nature of homelessness and highlights promising interventions that have shown to be effective in addressing homelessness among members of special needs populations.


  • Addictions and Substance Use
  • Human Behavior
  • Policy and Advocacy
  • Populations and Practice Settings
  • Poverty

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