Homeless And Alcohol

Homeless And Alcohol

Homeless And Alcohol – Homelessness became an apparent pressing social issue in the United States during the 1980s and 1990s because of the frighteningly large number of homeless individuals and families appearing in public and in social work intervention programs (First, Rife, & Toomey, 1995).

It is impossible to present accurate data concerning the scope of the problem because:

  • there is little consensus concerning how to define and quantify this condition (narrowly or broadly; counting family units or numbers of individuals)
  • many communities do not choose to look for and count their homeless members
  • many homeless individuals and families do not choose to be found and counted

Homelessness in America during the 1950s and early 1960s almost exclusively involved single men over the age of 50.


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