Fw: homeless activism history -Reply

I CAN America (icanamerica@email.msn.com)
Sat, 30 Oct 1999 17:08:50 -0400


On another ListServ, they are looking for materials on the history and function
of homeless activism in the past 50 years.  In some parts of the world, the
reconition of what we call *homeless* has been around a long time.  Here in the
USA, the state of *house-less-ness* and the  state of being *homeless* was
*discovered* in the late 1980s as a new affair.  Although we appreciate the fact
that in the 1990 Websters Dictionary *homeless* did not exist <the earliest
entry we have been able to find was cira 1992-1993> the condition of living
without adequate shelter has been around much longer than that.

Can you add to the book and reference below?

Sara -

I'd suggest a few of these books:

x  NEW HOMELESS AND OLD:  COMMUNITY AND THE SKID ROW HOTEL,
Charles Hoch and Robert A. Slayton, 1989

x  HOMELESS:  POLICIES, STRATEGIES, AND LIVES ON THE STREET,
Gerald Daly, 1996.

x  HOMELESS IN PARADISE:  A MAP OF THE TERRAIN, Rob Rosenthal,
1994.

x  OUT OF PLACE:  HOMELESS MOBILIZATIONS, SUBCITIES, AND
CONTESTED LANDSCAPES, Talmadge Wright, 1997.

x  MALIGN NEGLECT:  HOMELESSNESS IN AN AMERICAN CITY [Los
Angeles], Jennifer Wolch and Michael Dear, 1993.

In addition, check your university libraries for bibliographies
on homelessness.  One bibliography I found particularly helpful
in my work as a housing/homeless policy planner for Berkeley was
Robert Collin's "Homelessness in the United States: 1980 to
1990," _Journal of Planning Literature_, 7(1) August 1992.  As I
recall, this bibliography had some historical citations in it as
well.

Of the books, the Hoch and Slayton book is the only more-distant
history text.  You might also submit your research query to the
H-Urban and H-COMM-ORG lists (which someone at your school should
be able to help you find out about).

Best of luck.