Practical Lessons: The 1998 National Symposium on Homelessness Research draws material from studies and research conducted over the past decade on homeless issues. It resulted from the National Symposium on Homelessness Research, which was convened in Arlington, Virginia, in October 1998. Leading researchers, program managers, practitioners, and consumers reviewed and commented on draft papers that synthesized knowledge about how to design continuums of care and how to provide services to homeless people most effectively. Then the authors, HUD, and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) collaborated to develop a final set of summary papers that highlight major lessons learned and topics for future examination.
The thirteen research papers contained in Practical Lessons cover a wide range of critical homeless program interests. The papers contain a wealth of information from the synthesized research that can inform future initiatives for homeless people by practitioners, policy makers, and researchers.