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October 2021

Rural homeless shelters: A comparative analysis

Journal/Book: J Soc Distress Homeless. 1999; 8: 233 Spring St, New York, NY 10013-1578, USA. Human Sci Press Inc. 21-35.

Abstract: Although there has been some increased attention to the issue of homelessness and homeless shelter services, little effort has been made to understand the operation of rural homeless shelters. This situation persists despite decades of effort showing that the rural environment provides a very different context for the delivery of services than an urban environment. This study hypothesized that contextual differences in rural environments would produce various strategies of service delivery among homeless shelters. A typology of rural environments was created. Homeless shelters within each of four cells of the typology were selected. Comparative case study analysis provided partial support for the hypothesis.

Note: Article Goodfellow M, Penn State Capital Coll, 200 Univ Dr, Schuylkill Haven,PA 17972 USA

Keyword(s): homeless shelters; rural; case study; comparative analysis

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