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  1. Sheldon S. Brown

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0415

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Brown, S. S. 2010. Homelessness. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.

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  1. North Shore Community College, Danvers, MA

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  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Homelessness is a nationwide, major social problem that continues to fester and requires resolution and prevention measures to eradicate. As incomes fall and the cost of living rises, Americans face complicated financial choices in buying food and clothing, securing roofs over their heads, paying for health care, and affording child care and education. Whoever cannot juggle these basic needs may become homeless.