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Toward Understanding Homelessness: The 2007 National Symposium on Homelessness Research (September 2007)


Report Acceptance Date: September 2007

Posted Date: December 31, 2007

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Prepared for:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Office of Human Services Policy
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Office of Policy Development and Research

Edited By:

Deborah Dennis, MA, Policy Research Associates, Inc.
Gretchen Locke, MA, Abt Associates, Inc.
Jill Khadduri, PhD, Abt Associates, Inc.

The Departments of Health and Human Services and Housing and Urban Development have jointly posted the following report to their respective websites: Toward Understanding Homelessness: The 2007 National Symposium on Homelessness Research. This report includes twelve bibliographical papers from invited authors on the latest findings from homeless research and the implications of those findings for policy and practice. Topics include, for example, housing models, homeless families and children, and chronic homelessness. The papers, the products of invited authors, were presented and discussed at a symposium of researchers, policy experts, practitioners, and consumers held in Washington, D.C. in March 2007. The papers reflect a review of the 10 years of research since the two departments jointly published Practical Lessons: The 1998 National Symposium on Homelessness Research.


1. Historical and Contextual Influences on the U.S. Response to Contemporary Homelessness
Walter Leginski, PhD

2. Changing Homeless and Mainstream Service Systems: Essential Approaches to Ending Homelessness
Martha Burt, PhD, and Brooke Spellman, MA

3. Consumer Integration and Self-Determination in Homelessness Research, Policy, Planning, and Services
Susan Barrow, PhD, Lorraine McMullin, Julia Tripp, and Sam Tsemberis, PhD

4. People Who Experience Long-Term Homelessness: Characteristics and Interventions
Carol Caton, PhD, Carol Wilkins, MPP, and Jacquelyn Anderson, MPP

5. Homeless Families and Children
Debra Rog, PhD, and John Buckner, PhD

6. Homeless Youth in the United States: Recent Research Findings and Intervention Approaches
Paul Toro, PhD, Amy Dworsky, PhD, and Patrick Fowler, MA

7. Characteristics of Help-Seeking Street Youth and Non-Street Youth
Alma Molino, MS

8. Rural Homelessness
Marjorie Robertson, PhD, Natalie Harris, Nancy Fritz, MDiv, Rebecca Noftsinger, and Pamela Fischer, PhD

9. Incarceration and Homelessness
Stephen Metraux, PhD, Caterina Roman, PhD, and Richard Cho, MCP

10. Housing Models
Gretchen Locke, MA, Jill Khadduri PhD, and Ann O’Hara

11. Employment and Income Supports for Homeless People
David Long, MA, MPP, John Rio, MA, CRC, and Jeremy Rosen

12. Accountability, Cost-Effectiveness, and Program Performance: Progress Since 1998
Dennis Culhane, PhD, Wayne Parker, PhD, Barbara Poppe, Kennen Gross, MPH, and Ezra Sykes, MPA


Symposium Agenda

Symposium Biographies

Symposium Participant List

How to Obtain a Printed Copy

To obtain a printed copy of this report, send the title and your mailing information to:

Human Services Policy, Room 404E
Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Ave, SW

Fax: (202) 690-6562

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