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Good points interviews with 9 people who talk about the standards that give a contribution to homelessness.

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A case-worker could do it. If you are not well-connected, if you are like that famous homeless woman in New York City"Billie Boggs"you are not going to get yourself through that system. There is a former graduate student of mine who has been on SSI for thirty years and he never gets bounced off. He says he is not crazy. " Okay, so we need a welfare system that is not designed to keep people off but to cover people who need it. We could get rid of homeless females and their kids very easily by changing the AFDC system so that it provides enough money to actually rent a house.

ROSSI: There are some very clear messages available to us that are often not heard. People say that only 30 percent of the homeless can be characterized as being chronically mentally illonly 30 percent. So that is supposed to mean that chronic mental illness is not a cause of homelessness. But the fact is that that proportion comes up pretty consistently, except for someone who studies people in a shelter for the chronically mentally ill and talks about all the homeless there being mentally ill.

It is the kind of thing which appears in Parade magazine or the New York Times magazine. "Gee whiz," there are those terrible people, or these sad people. But the aim is to startle and amaze and to attract attention. So you look at exotic populations, the Gold Coast and the slum, or the Jewish ghetto, street corner society, and the like. '' Now we are saying that homelessness is a recognized social problem. We see people out there on the street. We can go in there and say, like Kim Hopper, "Wow, look at these interesting cases that you should be aware of because then you would be more sympathetic if you knew more about them.

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