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December 2021

Welfare reform's impact on homelessness

Author(s): Tremblay, K. R.

Journal/Book: J Soc Distress Homeless. 1999; 8: 233 Spring St, New York, NY 10013-1578, USA. Human Sci Press Inc. 1-20.

Abstract: As the most dramatic shift in welfare policy occurs since its inception in 1935, it is imperative to examine potential impacts on homelessness. This paper describes changes in homelessness and welfare policy, assesses potential effects of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, and addresses public policy issues stemming from these changes. Of utmost concern are the continuing growth in female-headed families among the ranks of the homeless and a decline in affordable housing units. Welfare reform has already reduced the numbers of persons on welfare rolls, but it remains unclear as to whether the situation of low-income and homeless female-headed families will become better or worse.

Note: Article Berger PS, Colorado State Univ, Aylesworth SE, Ft Collins,CO 80523 USA

Keyword(s): homelessness; welfare policy; affordable housing; poverty; INCOME


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