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The Poor Among Us: A History of Family Homelessness in New York City

Conditions that perpetuate homelessness and poverty today have deep roots in America's past. In The Poor Among Us, Ralph da Costa Nunez and Ethan G. Sribnick explore the world of New York's poor children and families, from the era of European settlements to the present day: their physical and social environments, the causes of their poverty, and the institutions and social movements that evolved to improve and regulate their lives. This comprehensive history examines the successes and failures of past efforts to reduce poverty and homelessness, providing the historical context that is often lacking in contemporary policy debates.

"★★★★★," Clarion Reviews


A Shelter is Not a Home ... Or Is It? — REVISITED

A Shelter is Not a Home … Or Is It? — REVISITED, released January 2010, is an updated second edition of Dr. Ralph da Costa Nunez's much-lauded 2004 book that explores lessons learned and lessons forgotten on issues that drive family and child homelessness in New York City, and in other urban areas across the country. This revised work builds on the first edition in light of today's economic conditions, covering additional developments in city homelessness and housing policies during the Bloomberg administration.


Moving Out, Moving Up: Families Beyond Shelter

Moving Out, Moving Up is the second book in a collection profiling homeless families and highlighting the achievements of those who have broken the cycle of homelessness. The six individuals depicted here had nowhere to turn and found themselves walking their children through the shelter door. Through participation in programs like GED classes, parenting support groups, and job training, they were able to lead their families to the other side of the door- to self-sufficiency, success, and homes to call their own.


Beyond the Shelter Wall: Homeless Families Speak Out

Beyond the Shelter Wall gives readers a rare look at the other side of homelessness, the side that goes beyond need for housing. It includes the story of Rose, a 21-year-old mother of five; Anita, a product of over 20 foster homes and mental institutions; and Denise, a recovering addict. These mothers describe the confusion, challenges, and desperation that brought them to the shelter system. At a time when family homelessness has reached an all-time high, these first-hand accounts provide insight into the growing epidemic of America's poorest.


Hopes, Dreams & Promise: The Future of Homeless Children in America

By looking not only at the personal and community forces fostering homelessness, but also at the institutional framework in which this epidemic has evolved, this work presents an effective public policy blueprint for ending homelessness in America.


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