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Social Welfare Policy and Services: Veterans, The Homeless

Resources that you can use when seeking information on current and historical social welfare policies, issues, and services in the U.S.

What's Here?

A selection of resources about the history, issues, characteristics, and policies relating to specific groups.

Target Populations: Veterans, The Homeless


To find books on U.S. veterans search the Library Catalog. Some relevant subject headingsinclude:

Veterans United States
Veterans Services for United States
Veterans Medical Care United States
Veterans Mental Health United States

Veteran Data & Information
From the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Veterans Benefit History
Brief overview of benefits from the Revolutionary era to Vietnam. From PBS.

Skocpol, Theda. "American's First Social Security System: The Expansion of Benefits for Civil War Veterans," Political Science Quarterly 108(1), Spring 1993, 85-116.
"Between 1880 and 1910, the U.S. federal government devoted over a quarter of its expenditure to pensions distributed among the populace...This article analyzes the political forces behind the growth of federal Civil War pensions...." Rutgers-restricted Access.

Holcombe, Randall G. " Veterans Interests and the Transition to Government Growth: 1870-1915," Public Choice 99 (3-4), June 1999, 311-326. Rutgers-restricted Access.

Wallerstein, Mitchel B. " Terminating Entitlements: Veterans' Disability Benefits in the Depression," Policy Sciences 7(2), June 1976, 173-182.
Examines "a short-lived attempt to reduce entitlement benefits for veterans during the era of the Depression." Rutgers-restricted Access.

Bonus March, 1932
Newspaper clippings, correspondence, photographs, and other materials relating to the military dispersal of World War I veterans and their families who had set up an encampment in Washington in an attempt to pressure the government to redeem their bonus certificates.

United States. President's Task Force to Improve Health Care Delivery for Our Nation's Veterans. Final Report. Arlington, Va., May 2003.

United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Jobs for Veterans Act Three Years Later: Are Yets' Employment Programs Working for Veterans?. Hearings before the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, February 2, 2006. Washington, D.C., G.P.O., 2006.

"This research Web page provides links to the Veterans Affairs network and highlights the broad spectrum of social work research wherein veterans are the study population." From the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).

The Homeless

To find books and reports on homelessness and the homeless check The Library Catalog. Some relevant subjectsearches you can try include:

  • Homelessness United States History
  • Homeless Children
  • Homeless Families
  • Homeless Families Government Policy
  • Homeless Persons Services For
  • Homeless Youth
  • Homelessness Government Policy

Rossi, Peter H. Down and Out in America: The Origins of Homelessness. Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 1989.
Dana Call Number: HV4504 .R67 1989

Wayland, Francis. Papers on Out-Door Relief and Tramps
Read at the Saratoga Meeting of the American Social Science Association, before the Conference of State Charities, September 5th & 6th, 1877.

Kelly, Edmond. The Elimination of the Tramp by the Introduction into America of the Labour Colony System Already Proved Effective in Holland, Belgium, and Switzerland, With the Modifications Thereof Necessary to Adapt This System to American Conditions. New York, G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1908.

Solenberger, Alice Willard. One Thousand Homeless Men: A Study of Original Records. New York, Russell Sage Foundation, 1911.
"One thousand records of homeless men have been carefully analyzed for all that they have to show as to the causes of homelessness, the characteristics of the homeless, their individual treatment, their environment, and the social remedies."

Jenkins, Herbert C. "The Negro Transient," Opportunity: Journal of Negro Life 13(1), January 1935, 13.

Western Regional Advocacy Project (WRAP). Without Housing: Decades of Federal Housing Cutbacks, Massive Homelessness, and Policy Failures. San Francisco, Calif., WRAP, 2006.

A Dream Denied: The Criminalization of Homelessness in U.S. Cities. 2006
A report by the National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty.

Blueprint for Change: Ending Chronic Homelessness for Persons with Serious Mental Illnesses and/or Co-occuring Substance Use Disorders. Rockville, MD., Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Center for Mental Health Services, 2003.

Shinn, Marybeth "Predictors of Homelessness Among Families in New York City: From Shelter Request to Housing Stability, " American Journal of Public Health 88(11), November 1998, 1651-1657.
Five-year study of a cohort of families receiving public assistance in New York City found that receipt of subsidized housing was the primary predictor of housing stability among formerly homeless families. Concluded that housing subsidies are critical to ending homelessness among families. Restricted Access.

Mulroy, Elizabeth A. and Helenann Lauber. "A User-Friendly Approach to Program Evaluation and Effective Community Intervention for Families at Risk of Homelessness," Social Work 49(4), 573-586. Restricted Access.

What New Jersey Needs to Know About Family Homelessness. July 2002
Fact Sheet from the Institute for Children and Poverty.

Homeless Families Today: Our Challenge Tomorrow: A Regional Perspective
Report based on data collected in 1997 from 743 homeless heads-of-household residing in family shelters located throughout New York City and northern New Jersey.