Down and Out in America: The Origins of Homelessness by Peter H. Rossi

By Peter H. Rossi

The main actual and entire photo of homelessness thus far, this examine deals a robust rationalization of its explanations, proposes brief- and long term recommendations, and files the notable contrasts among the homeless of the Nineteen Fifties and Nineteen Sixties and the modern homeless inhabitants, that is more youthful and includes extra ladies, young ones, and blacks.

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S. Incidentally, the physical danger to interviewers was presented not by the homeless bUlby the nighttime predators found in the'same areas. 19. Fortunately we had no incidents' where the policemen had 10 intervene to protect the interviewers. Apparently their presence was enough to discourage predators. so entrusted with judging whether it was prudent to enler any building. i:Tatal of $5 for a complete interview. s(nVEre fiiiTd:S5 . -'A good deal of effort went into measuring how long those interviewed had been homeless and whether they had been homeless before.

1 presents the point prevalence estimates from each of the two surveys. The two nightly prevalence estimates were close in size, 2,344 derived from the rail survey and 2,020 from the winter survey. Given the standard errors involved, it is safe to say that the number of literally homeless persons in Chicago was somewhere between 1,600 and 3,000 and most likely was about 2,300. When first released in August 1986, these average point or nightly prevalence estimates were greeted with dismay by advocates for the homeless in Chicago (Rossi 1987).

12. wo-sliJge sampling plan waS used: first, selecting a sample of metropolitan areas to represent all metropolitan areas in the nation; second, selecting a sample of shelters 10 represent the universe of shelters in metropolitan areas. BrieflY, the first stage sampled 60 out of the 394 Rand McNally metropolitan areas (RMAs) over 50,000 in population, each city being chosen with probability in proportion to the size of the RMA in which it was embedded. In the second sampling stage, the shelters in each of the 60 sampled places were listed and then sampled, also with probability proportionate to shelter size.

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