[O'Flaherty's] questions are key to any basic analysis of the problem: What is homelessness? Why is it bad? What happened? Why did it happen? What can we do, and what should we do about it?...O'Flaherty's strength is documenting [the] daytime symbols of public poverty. He is mainly interested in the extent to which...single adults--whom he labels, for want of a better word, the "colloquial homeless"--are affected by housing market and shelter policies. Are they really homeless? Are they inherently lazy? His findings are surprising.--Elaine S. Abelson "Journal of Urban History "From the Publisher:
Mentally ill people turned out of institutions, crack-cocaine use on the rise, more poverty, public housing a shambles: as attempts to explain homelessness multiply so do the homeless - and we still don't know why. This is a story about markets, not about the bad habits or pathology of individuals. One perplexing fact is that, though homelessness in the past occurred during economic depressions, the current wave started in the 1980s, a time of relative prosperity. As Brendan O'Flaherty points out, this trend has been accompanied by others just as unexpected: rising rents for poor people and continued housing abandonment. These are among the many facts that O'Flaherty collected and analyzed in order to account for the new homelessness. Focused on six cities (New York, Newark, Chacago, Toronto, London and Hamburg), his studies also document the differing rates of homelessness in North America and Europe, and from one city to the next, as well as changes in the composition of homeless populations. O'Flaherty shows that the conflicting observations begin to make sense when we see the new homelessness as a response to change in the housing market, linked to a widening gap in the incomes of rich and poor. The resulting shrinkage in the size of the middle class has meant fewer hand-me-downs for the poor and higher rents for the low-quality housing that is available.
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Descripción Cumbreland, Rhode Island, U.S.A.: Harvard Univ Pr, 1996. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Estado de la sobrecubierta: New. 1813 Language: eng Language: eng. Nº de ref. de la librería 4H14
Descripción Harvard University Press, 1996. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0674543424
Descripción Harvard University Press, 1996. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería P110674543424