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Case Study: The Dallas Jewish Coalition for the Homeless: A Community Response to Child Care Needs of Families Living in Shelters

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Publication Date: January 1990

Publisher(s): Conference of Jewish Communal Service (U.S.)

Author(s): Martin Sundel; Phyllis Newman

Series: Journal of Jewish Communal Service, 67:1

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Social conditions (Poverty and homelessness)

Keywords: Homelessness; Social Services; Family

Type: Report

Coverage: Texas


The problem of homelessness has been viewed as symptomatic of the broader crisis of affordable housing that creates economic, domestic, and psychological stress for many low- and moderate-income Americans. Social work and other human service professions have focused increasingly on the plight of the homeless, especially the unemployed and the mentally or physically disabled. From the social work standpoint, inadequate shelter can interfere with an individual's efforts to handle other problems. In order to address the needs of homeless families effectively, social workers and community leaders require accurate knowledge about the economic, political, and social determinants of housing problems.