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Social Work Research: Veterans, The Homeless

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 headings include:

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.

Veterans Benefits and Services
From the 2008 Green Book.

What VA Social Workers Do

Wheeler, Darrell P. and Martha Bragin. Bringing It All Back Home: Social Work and the Challenge of Returning Veterans," Health & Social Work 32(4), November 2007, pp.297-300.

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 Vets' 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 subject searches you can try include:

  • Homeless Children
  • Homeless Families
  • Homeless Persons Services For
  • Homeless Youth
  • Homelessness Government Policy

Encyclopedia of Homelessness. Edited by David Levinson. Thousand Oaks, Calif., Sage Publications, 2004.
Signed articles with bibliographies.
Off-Campus Access Restricted Access.

Rossi, Peter H. Down and Out in America: The Origins of Homelessness. Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 1989. 

Western Regional Advocacy Project (WRAP). Without Housing: Decades of Federal Housing Cutbacks, Massive Homelessness, and Policy Failures: 2010 Update. San Francisco, Calif., WRAP, 2010.

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 hoursing was the primary predictor of housing stability among formerly homeless families. Concluded that housing subsidies are critical to ending homelessness among families.
Off-Campus Access Restricted Access.

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

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

Kirkland, Glenda. The Correlates of Homelessness in New Jersey 1980-2000. Ph.D. Thesis, Graduate School-Newark, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 2003.
Off-Campus Access Restricted Access.

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.


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