Innovation in Practice with Homeless Populations


in Innovations in Practice and Service Delivery Across the Lifespan

Published in print February 1999 | ISBN: 9780195111552
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199865734 | DOI:

Series: Innovations in Practice and Service Delivery with Vulnerable Populations

 Innovation in Practice with Homeless Populations

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This chapter discusses innovative programs and practice approaches in working with homeless persons. It begins by identifying the characteristics of the homeless population. It highlights three nonexclusive categories of homeless women as particularly vulnerable subgroups within the homeless population: women with children, women with chronic mental illness. The chapter then presents service delivery innovations such as enriched service emergency shelters, transitional living facilities, and permanent housing with services. It describes the empowerment approach by providing examples of empowerment group work, political activities, and individual- and family-oriented empowerment programs for homeless and formerly homeless men, women, and children in Hartford, Connecticut. Implications for future policy, practice, and research are presented.

Keywords: homeless people; shelters; transitional living facilities; permanent housing; empowerment approach

Chapter.  12040 words. 

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