Long-term Approaches to End Homelessness


  • Marion B. Francis R.N., Ed.D.

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    1. Marion B. Francis is assistant professor at the Boston College School of Nursing, Chestnut Hill, Massachuserts.
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Using an epidemiologic framework, this article discusses the reports of two national conferences and the literature to describe homelessness as a consequence of poverty, alcoholism, mental illness, and family turmoil; power-lessness; and an unsupportive, hostile environment, where the demand for affordable housing exceeds the supply. Nurses are urged to advocate for legislation to create more affordable housing as the first priority of public policy, and also address other long-term approaches to end homelessness.