Another Report on Homelessness Released - Table of contents below

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Now Available -  Research Report on Homelessness

"Practical Lessons:
The 1998 National Symposium on Homelessness Research"

Dated August  1999, released 12-12-99 on line.

Edited by Linda B. Fosburg, Ph.D., Abt Associates Inc. and Deborah L. Dennis,
M.A., Policy Research Associates, Inc.

It is available on the web as well at

Table of Contents


1. Demographics and Geography: Estimating Needs by Martha R. Burt, Ph.D

2. Special Populations of Homeless Americans by Robert Rosenheck, M.D., Ellen
Bassuk, M.D., and Amy Salomon, Ph.D.

3. Homeless Youth: Research, Intervention, and Policy by Marjorie J. Robertson,
Ph.D., and Paul A. Toro, Ph.D.

4. Making Homeless Programs Accountable to Consumers, Funders and the Public by
Dennis Culhane, Ph.D., David Eldridge, M.S.W., Robert Rosenheck, M.D., and Carol
Wilkins, M.P.P.

5. Giving Voice to Homeless People in Policy, Practice and Research by Nicole

6. To Dance With Grace: Outreach and Engagement to Persons on the Street by
Sally Erickson, M.S.W. and Jaimie Page, M.S.W., L.S.W.

7. A Review of Case Management for People Who Are Homeless: Implications for
Practice, Policy and Research by Gary Morse, Ph.D.

8. Balancing Act: Clinical Practices that Respond to the Needs of Homeless
People by Marsha McMurray-Avila, M.C.R.P., Lillian Gelberg, M.D., M.S.P.H., and
William R. Breakey, M.D.

9. Emergency Shelter and Services: Opening a Front Door to the Continuum of Care
by Judith D. Feins, Ph.D. and Linda B. Fosburg, Ph.D.

10. Transitional Housing and Services: A Synthesis by Sue Barrow, Ph.D. and Rita
Zimmer, M.P.H.

11. Reconnecting Homeless Individuals and Families to the Community by Debra J.
Rog, Ph.D. and C. Scott Holupka, Ph.D.

12. What Do We Know About the Systems Integration and Homelessness? by Deborah
L. Dennis, M.A., Joseph J. Cocozza, Ph.D., and Henry J. Steadman, Ph.D.

13. Rethinking the Prevention of Homelessness by Marybeth Shinn, Ph.D. and Jim
Baumohl, D.S.W.

Appendix A – Agenda

Appendix B – Biographies

Appendix C – Participant List


The editors of this report on the National Symposium on Homelessness Research:
What Works—Linda B. Fosburg and Deborah L. Dennis—thank many others for their
valuable assistance in planning, implementing, and reporting on the outcomes of
the symposium. From the beginning in December 1997, this project has been a team
effort that has benefited from the collaboration of many other persons.

First, we recognize the invaluable contributions of two other core members of
the planning team—James E. Hoben and Mary Ellen O’Connell—the representatives of
the cosponsors of the symposium, the Department of Housing and Urban Development
(HUD) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). We, as the core
planning team, also thank the other planning team members—George Ferguson, Jean
Hochron, Walter Leginski and Marge Martin.

Second, we thank the members of the expert panel who reviewed the initial plans
and provided important input into the content and format of the symposium. Among
those who participated in this activity were: Martha Burt (The Urban Institute),
Mary Ann Gleason (National Coalition for the Homeless), Steven Hornburg (Fannie
Mae Foundation), Paul Koegel (RAND Corporation), Betsey Lieberman (AIDS Housing
of Washington), Ann O’Hara (Technical Assistance Collaborative), Marjorie
Robertson (California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute), Debra Rog
(Vanderbuilt University Institute for Public Policy Studies), Nan Roman
(National Alliance to End Homelessness), Robert Rosenheck (West Haven Veterans
Administration Medical Center), Amy Soloman (The Better Homes Fund), Julie
Sandorf (Corporation for Supportive Housing), Laurel Weir (National Law Center
for Homelessness and Poverty), and Beth Weitzman (New York University).

Third, we are grateful for the contributions of the Federal representatives who
opened and closed the symposium, including: Xavier de Souza Briggs (Deputy
Assistant Secretary for Research, Evaluation, and Monitoring at HUD), Margaret
Hamburg (Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at HHS), Fred Karnas,
Jr. (Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Development, Office of Community
Planning and Development at HUD), and Marsha Martin (Special Assistant to the
Secretary of HHS). We also thank all the facilitators at the symposium: Ann O’
Hara did a wonderful job as the overall symposium facilitator; Linda Boone,
James Hoben, Jean Hochron, Mark Johnston, Walter Leginski, Gretchen Noll, James
O’Connell, Mary Ellen O’Connell, Fred Osher, Fran Randolph, Amy Soloman, and
Jean Whaley provided the leadership for the facilitated discussions. We also
acknowledge and thank Donald Bradley of the Freddie Mac Foundation for providing
scholarships to allow formerly homeless persons to attend and for the reception
at the end of the first day of the symposium.

We give a special thanks to all of the authors of the research synthesis papers
who provided the substance for symposium. We also thank respondents to each of
the research papers. The names of the authors and respondents are shown in the
agenda in Appendix A. We thank the staffs of Abt Associates Inc. and Policy
Research Associates who assisted us in all aspects of this project. Finally, we
recognize the contributions of all of the authors who have conducted the
research on homelessness over the past two decades. Their efforts are listed in
the bibliographies of each of the research synthesis papers.

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