Literature Review. Problems in the shelters. According to firsthand accounts from the homeless, many of these workers are largely motivated by their paychecks and not the people they are serving.
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Though not much research has been gathered on the specific subject, there are key points that are being noted.
“Requests for emergency shelter increased in the survey cities by an average of 6%, with 70% of the cities registering an increase. Requests for shelter by homeless families increased by 7%, with 78% of the cities reporting an increase”.
heat waves, storms, floods, and infectious diseases have already plague the homeless will become more of an issue as climate change progresses.
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Congressional Research Service. (2005). Homelessness: Recent statistics, targeted federal programs, and recent legislation. Washington, DC: Retrieved from http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RL30442.pdf
Huey, L. (2009). Homelessness and the ‘Exclusive Society’ thesis: Why it is important to ‘Think Local’ to ‘Act Local’ on homelessness issues. European Journal of Homelessness, 3, 261-273. http://eohw.horus.be/files/freshstart/European%20Journal%
Kryda, A. (2008). Mistrust of outreach workers and lack of confidence in available services among individuals who are chronically street homeless. Community Mental Health Journal, 45, 144-150. http://www.springerlink.com/content/k242137777p76r36/fulltext.pdf
Ramin, B., Svoboda¸T. (2009). Health of the homeless and climate change. Journal of Urban Health, 86, 654-655. http://www.springerlink.com/content/24x8m1j7051k4356/fulltext.pdf
Tompsett, C., Toro, P., Guzicki, M., Manrique, M., & Zatakia, J. (2006). Homelessness in the United States: Assessing changes in prevalence and public opinion, 1993-2001. American Journal of Community Psychology, 37, 47-61. http://www.springerlink.com/content/1603714076830121/fulltext.pdf