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Encyclopedia of Street Crime in America

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Encyclopedia of Street Crime in America

Jeffrey Ian Ross

Pub. date: 2013 | Online Pub. Date: April 10, 2013 | DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781452274461 | Print ISBN: 9781412999571 | Online ISBN: 9781452274461 | Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.

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Homelessness

Jeff Shantz

Homelessness refers broadly to the experience of people who lack their own regular residence or dwelling. This can include conditions in which people are without a home altogether and are compelled to live or sleep in the open in public spaces such as parks, or private spaces such as parking lots, that are not designed or intended primarily for human accommodation. Such experiences are referred to as street homelessness or visible homelessness, as people living in such conditions are forced to spend much of their time living openly on sidewalks or other visible spaces. At the same time, the street homeless often avoid sleeping on open streets, preferring unoccupied buildings, areas under bridges, and abandoned lots within urban or suburban areas. Homelessness also refers to conditions of precarious or temporary residence, such as in shelters or drop-ins. These examples provide the most commonly discussed cases of homelessness and the forms ...

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