This book presents a comprehensive review of the scientific evidence that up to 85 percent of all homeless adults suffer the ravages of substance abuse and mental illness, resulting in the social isolation that has been the hallmark of homelessness in the United States since colonial days. .
Introduction Part I: Homelessness Today 1. Who Are the Homeless? 2. The Baby Boom and Homelessness 3. Family Homelessness and the Underclass 4. A Homeless Man's Story 5. America's Response: Part of the Problem Part II: Homelessness and the American Social Experience 6. A History of Homelessness 7. The Politics of Homelessness 8. Causes and Solutions: Confusion and Denial Part III: A More Reasoned Approach 9. The Truth About Homelessness 10. Tragedy on the Streets: A Call to Action