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This undertaking employs 3 varied disciplinary approaches--social constructionism, coverage research, and rhetorical analysis--as a primary step towards a serious idea of homelessness.

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Such dramatic increases in the number of visibly homeless persons and the widespread distribution of homeless persons did not go unnoticed. Manuel A. Manrique reported that, whereas only 35 percent of Americans 42 Contextualizing Homelessness claimed that they had personal contact with a homeless person in 1986, 51 percent of Americans claimed that they had had such an experience by 1989 (1994:5). Similarly, Joel Blau wrote, “A 1990 New York Times poll reported that 68 percent of urban Americans see the homeless in the course of their daily routine .

Hasian concurs with Condit’s posi­ tion and adds that “for the purposes of rhetoric, the importance of a charac­ terization is not necessarily its truth or falsity according to some standard outside of the narrative but rather the potency of the characterization to audiences who identify with particular stories” (1996, p. 160). This page intentionally left blank Chapter Three The McKinney Act of 1987 Once again it is the same notion that if you are well-intended enough, you really do not have to worry about the potential results nor the lack of creativity of your plan.

4 However, as James D. Wright and Joel A. Devine explained, “By the end of the 1980s, most studies were converging on an X for the nation as a whole in the middle to high hundreds of thou­ sands—somewhere, that is, between 500,000 and 1 million literally home­ less people . . on a typical night” (1992, p. 357). HUD Secretary Henry G. , to illustrate the overall growth of homelessness nationwide. ’s homeless people. By the end of 1981, the District had fifteen shelters housing 600 people a night; another 200 families received temporary vouchers for hotel and motel rooms each night.

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