Federal publications concerning homelessness originate from a variety of different agencies, reflecting the complexities of the issues surrounding this problem. Topics covered include housing; physical and mental health issues; the role of drug and alcohol abuse; and social, economic, and political issues. Agencies involved range from the National Institute of Mental Health to the House Select Committee on Aging. A key piece of federal legislation for the homeless is the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act, which passed in 1987. Although appropriations for this act have fallen short of the act's authorizations, it has been a primary source of aid for the homeless. Many of the publications included in this bibliography report on programs or provisions of the McKinney Act.
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