Title Page, Copyright Page

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

About the Authors

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p. vii

Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

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1. Introduction

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pp. 1-13

Eliminating homelessness or reducing its volume substantially will take certain changes in how housing markets operate. Homelessness, after all, is ultimately a housing market condition. People who leave homelessness have to live somewhere they weren’t living...

Part 1: Helping People Leave Homelessness

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pp. 15-56

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2. Service Models and Mental Health Problems: Cost-Effectiveness and Policy Relevance

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pp. 17-36

A recent analysis of data from the National Comorbidity Study Replication, a representative national epidemiological survey, found that 5 percent of U.S. adults reported a past episode of homelessness lasting a week or more. In comparison to other adults...

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3. Housing First: Ending Homelessness, Promoting Recovery, and Reducing Costs

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pp. 37-56

Candice, a fifty-three-year-old native New Yorker, was homeless for more than fifteen years when she was referred to Pathways. She stayed on the streets but slept in a tent that she frequently pitched in an Upper West Side park. Other campsites included...

Part 2: Using Housing Policy to Prevent Homelessness

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pp. 57-140

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4. Rental Subsidies: Reducing Homelessness

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pp. 59-88

A growing literature on the relationship between housing markets and homelessness suggests that subsidies to make housing more affordable for poor individuals and families can play an important role in reducing homelessness in the United States. Several recent papers...

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5. Fundamental Housing Policy Reforms to End Homelessness

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pp. 89-109

The failure to offer assistance to all who become homeless is a major defect of the current system of low-income housing assistance. Replacing this system with an equally costly entitlement housing voucher program would ensure that housing assistance is available...

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6. Housing Market Regulation and Homelessness

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pp. 110-140

Local housing markets throughout the United States are subject to a host of regulations that tend to increase the cost of housing. Minimum lot-size requirements, quality standards, density restrictions, and other such municipally imposed regulation tend to limit the overall stock of...

Part 3: Managing Risk

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p. 141

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7. Homelessness as Bad Luck: Implications for Research and Policy

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pp. 143-182

Sometimes bad things happen to people. They lose their jobs; companions walk out on them; their health—physical or mental—deteriorates; they get evicted; prices of goods they rely on rise; they lose their benefits. Sometimes they are blameless in these calamities; sometimes they are...

Index

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pp. 183-190