Poverty and Homelessness Resources

Homelessness and Poverty Resources

A board member asked an interesting question this morning – he asked me to identify some resources to inform him more about what we do at HCC and how it fits in with the greater issues of homelessness, socio-economic justice, and homeless prevention.

Please see my recommendations below – I’d love to talk more about these and other resources if you’re wanting to:

1)      The Working Poor:  Invisible in America by David Shipler

2)      Bridges out of Poverty by Dr. Ruby Payne

3)      Two brief “readers” put out by the Institute for Children and Poverty –
The Cycle of Family Homelessness Social Policy Reader (you can order it off their website at www.icpny.org)
The New Poverty:  Homeless Families in America (also available on their website)

4)      Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich and Frances Fox Piven (commentary on the working poor)

5)      Push: A Novel by Sapphire  (1 woman’s story on living in poverty – very graphic and, at times, very disturbing)

6)      Tell Them Who I Am:  The Lives of Homeless Women by Elliot Liebow (follows shelter women – similar to those who would end up in our Home Again program)

7)      There Goes the Neighborhood: Racial, Ethnic, and Class Tensions in Four Chicago Neighborhoods and Their Meaning for America by Wilson and Taub (because we can’t talk about poverty without talking about race – they are inextricably linked)

8)      Off the Books: The Underground Economy of the Urban Poor by Sudhir Venkatesh