How do individuals move from being homeless to finding safe, stable, and secure places to live? Can we recreate the conditions that helped them most? What policies are needed to support what worked-and to remove common obstacles? Addressing these questions, Jamie Rife and Donald Burnes start from the premise that the most important voices in efforts to end homelessness are the ones most often missing from the discussion: the voices of those with lived experience. In Journeys Out of Homelessness, they gather the first-person stories of some who have not only survived, but thrived, going on to find positive home situations. Highlighting what we can learn from these personal stories, Rife and Burnes combine them with in-depth discussions of key themes and issues and point to the shifts necessary in current policy and practice that are essential if we are to effectively respond to a problem that has reached epic proportions.
Publisher: Lynne Rienner Publishers Inc
Number of pages: 190
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
The authors havebrought the experience of homelessness to life ... while at the same timeintegrating its complexity. This book is a must read. Burnes and Rife refuse to blame poverty on poor people, and providecompelling and cogent data, with a commanding analysis, to make their case....They have creatively weaponized powerful personal accounts written by nineindividuals whose experience of homelessness belies all our traditionalstereotypes. Rife and Burnes tackle a highly complex and often widely misunderstood subject that has historical roots as old as our nation.... The stories shared in this book challenge our perspectives and place the political discourse on a path toward resolution, moving away from a model of managing homelessness to one of solving homelessness. Combined with a thorough examination of laws and policies past, present, and future, they provide a path forward toward real solutions that are nuanced and strategic in their approach, just as the lives lived are. A highly recommended read.