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Best Homelessness Books You Must Read

Here is a list of the best Homelessness books, some I have read myself, some that I did research on, and all have great reviews!

1. Ending Homelessness: Why We Haven’t, How We Can (Points of View) (2019)

 Best Homelessness Books You Must ReadDespite billions of government dollars spent in the attempt, we are no closer than we were three decades ago to solving the problem of homelessness. Why?  Tackling these questions, the authors of Ending Homelessness explore the complicated and often dysfunctional relationship between efforts to address homelessness and the realities on the street.CONTENTS:…
Author(s): Donald W. Burnes, David L. DiLeo

2. Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City (2017)

 Best Homelessness Books You Must ReadIn Evicted, Princeton sociologist and MacArthur “Genius” Matthew Desmond follows eight families in Milwaukee as they each struggle to keep a roof over their heads. Hailed as “wrenching and revelatory” (The Nation), “vivid and unsettling” (New York Review of Books), Evicted transforms our understanding of poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving one of twenty-first-century America’s most devastating problems. Its unforgettable scenes of hope and loss remind us of the centrality of home, without which nothing else…
Author(s): Matthew Desmond

3. At Home on the Street: People, Poverty, and a Hidden Culture of Homelessness (2009)

 Best Homelessness Books You Must ReadIn their compelling examination of what it means to be truly at home on the street, Jason Wasserman and Jeffrey Clair argue that programs and policies addressing homeless people too often serve only to alienate them. Wasserman and Clair delve into the complex realities of homelessness to paint a gripping picture of individuals – not cases or pathologies – living on the street and of their strategies for daily survival. By exploring the private spaces that those who are homeless create for themselves, as well as their prevailing social mores, the authors explain how well-intentioned policies and programs often only…
Author(s): Jason Adam Wasserman, Jeffrey Michael Clair

4. The Librarian’s Guide to Homelessness: An Empathy-Driven Approach to Solving Problems, Preventing Conflict, and Serving Everyone (2018)

 Best Homelessness Books You Must ReadHomelessness is a perennial topic of concern at libraries. In fact, staff at public libraries interact with almost as many homeless individuals as staff at shelters do. Empathy and understanding, along with specific actionable advice that’s drawn from experience, makes all the difference in working with this group. In this book Dowd, executive director of a homeless shelter, spotlights best practices drawn from his own shelter’s policies and training materials. Filled with to-the-point guidance that will help front line public library staff and managers understand and serve this…
Author(s): Ryan J. Dowd

5. Addressing Homelessness and Housing Insecurity in Higher Education: Strategies for Educational Leaders (2019)

 Best Homelessness Books You Must ReadThis book helps educational leaders provide support for students who face significant barriers to college access, success, and retention. The authors offer research-based, practical guidance to allow readers to evaluate these issues within their local context, create and implement a plan of action, and sustain those efforts over time. Vignettes based on interviews with students experiencing homelessness and housing insecurity and contributions from practitioners are woven throughout the text to illustrate promising-practice recommendations. Topics…
Author(s): Ronald E. Hallett , Rashida M. Crutchfield , et al.

6. Cross-Cultural Dialogues on Homelessness: From Pretreatment Strategies to Psychologically Informed Environments (2018)

 Best Homelessness Books You Must ReadEdited by Jay S. Levy and Robin Johnson with Contributions from John Conolly, Ray Middleton, Suzanne Quinney, and Joe FinnThis groundbreaking book presents compelling narratives and innovative approaches for addressing the psychological traumas that can underlie homelessness and is the first to explore in-depth what the US and UK can learn from one another.Authors focus on understanding and applying the precepts of Pretreatment and "Psychologically Informed Environments," as well as effective ways to promote productive dialogue on all levels with…
Author(s): Jay S Levy, Robin Johnson

7. When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor . . . and Yourself (2014)

 Best Homelessness Books You Must ReadPoverty is much more than simply a lack of material resources, and it takes much more than donations and handouts to solve it. When Helping Hurts shows how some alleviation efforts, failing to consider the complexities of poverty, have actually (and unintentionally) done more harm than good. But it looks ahead. It encourages us to see the dignity in everyone, to empower the materially poor, and to know that we are all uniquely needy—and that God in the gospel is reconciling all things to himself. Focusing on both North American and Majority World contexts, When Helping Hurts provides…
Author(s): Steve Corbett , Brian Fikkert , et al.

8. Almost Home: Helping Kids Move from Homelessness to Hope (2012)

 Best Homelessness Books You Must ReadAlmost Home tells the stories of six remarkable young people from across the United States and Canada as they confront life alone on the streets. Each eventually finds his or her way to Covenant House, the largest charity serving homeless and runaway youth in North America. From the son of a crack addict who fights his own descent into drug addiction to a teen mother reaching for a new life, their stories veer between devastating and inspiring as they each struggle to find a place called home. Inviting us to get to know homeless teens as more than an accumulation of…
Author(s): Kevin Ryan, Tina Kelley

9. Beyond Homelessness: Christian Faith in a Culture of Displacement (2008)

 Best Homelessness Books You Must ReadThis book goes far beyond covering the subject of homelessness as the social problem we all recognize in our cities. Mass emigrations, displaced families, and human alienation from the earth all mark our times. In critiquing contemporary North American culture, Steven Bouma-Prediger and Brian Walsh discuss various forms of homelessness — socioeconomic, ecological, and psycho-spiritual — and creatively show how biblical attentiveness and Christian faith can heal the profound dislocations in our society.Ending each of their chapters with a moving biblical…
Author(s): Steven Bouma-Prediger, Brain J. Walsh

10. Left Out in America: The State of Homelessness in the United States (2006)

 Best Homelessness Books You Must Read"Left Out in America" is a powerful look at what it means to be homeless in the United States. In her first, highly anticipated book, accomplished broadcaster and journalist, Pat LaMarche has documented a piece of American life like no one else has. Having slept in 14 homeless shelters throughout the country over a two week period, and recording her experiences in a journal, LaMarche has captured the condition of this current humanitarian crisis and brought it sharply into focus….
Author(s): Pat LaMarche

11. Down And Out In Paris And London (Modern Classics) (1940)

 Best Homelessness Books You Must ReadRenowned urban artist Shepard Fairey’s new look for Orwell’s classic account of life on the streets To be poor and destitute in 1920s Paris and London was to experience life at its lowest ebb. George Orwell, penniless and with nowhere to go, found himself experiencing just this as he wandered the streets of both capitals in search of a job. By day, he tramped the streets, often passing time with ‘screevers’ or street artists, drunks and other hobos. At night, he stood in line for a bed in a ‘spike’ or doss house, where a cup of sugary tea, a hunk of…
Author(s): George Orwell

12. School-based Practice with Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness (SSWAA Workshop Series) (2015)

 Best Homelessness Books You Must ReadSchools are facing increasing numbers of homeless students and school social workers and other related professionals are often at the front line of addressing the negative impact homelessness brings to individual students and the school overall. School social workers and other school-based personnel must contend with a myriad of policies and other factors related to homelessness to help students obtain an education. School-based Practice with Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness is one of the first books to focus on this topic in the context of our social work practice. This book guides practitioners…
Author(s): James Canfield

13. Pretreatment Guide for Homeless Outreach & Housing First: Helping Couples, Youth, and Unaccompanied Adults (2013)

 Best Homelessness Books You Must ReadThis book provides social workers, outreach clinicians, case managers, and concerned community members with a pretreatment guide for assisting homeless couples, youth, and single adults. Chapters explore policy and research accompanied by narratives that trace a person’s journey from homelessness to housing and beyond. The inter-relationship between Homeless Outreach and Housing First is examined in detail to inform program development and hands on practice. Pretreatment Guide for Homeless Outreach & Housing First shares five detailed case studies from the field to elucidate effective ways of helping and to demonstrate how the most…
Author(s): Jay S. Levy, David W. Havens

14. Sanctuary: A Meditation on Home, Homelessness, and Belonging (2018)

 Best Homelessness Books You Must ReadSanctuary: A Meditation on Home, Homelessness, and Belonging examines the interface between inner and outer sanctuary, and the ways they affect one another. “Sanctuary” is the home we can return to when our lives are under threat, where we can face what's difficult to love, and have a place where we can truly say, “I am home”—and spiritual teachers often emphasize sanctuary’s inner dimensions, that “our true home” is within. “Homelessness,” in turn, can be viewed as a forced experience or…
Author(s): Zenju Earthlyn Manuel

Best Homelessness Books You Must Read

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some homelessness books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Post-War Homelessness Policy in the UK: Making and Implementation

Author(s): Jamie Harding
ID: 2468206, Publisher: Springer International Publishing;Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2020, Size: 2 Mb, Format: pdf

In the Midst of Plenty: Homelessness and What to Do About It

Author(s): Marybeth Shinn; Jill Khadduri
ID: 2540198, Publisher: , Year: 2020, Size: 1 Mb, Format: epub

In the midst of plenty homelessness and what to do about it

Author(s): Khadduri, Jill; Shinn, Marybeth
ID: 2785353, Publisher: , Year: 2020, Size: 2 Mb, Format: pdf

Please note that this booklist is not errorless. Some books are absolutely record-breakers according to Los Angeles Times, others are drafted by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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