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Publication date: 4 September 2017

Friedner Wittman, Douglas Polcin and Dave Sheridan

Roughly half a million persons in the USA are homeless on any given night and over a third of those individuals have significant alcohol/other drug (AOD) problems. Many…

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Abstract

Purpose

Roughly half a million persons in the USA are homeless on any given night and over a third of those individuals have significant alcohol/other drug (AOD) problems. Many are chronically homeless and in need of assistance for a variety of problems. However, the literature on housing services for this population has paid limited attention to comparative analyses contrasting different approaches. The paper aims to discuss these issues.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors examined the literature on housing models for homeless persons with AOD problems and critically analyzed how service settings and operations aligned with service goals.

Findings

The authors found two predominant housing models that reflect different service goals: sober living houses (SLHs) and housing first (HF). SLHs are communally based living arrangements that draw on the principles of Alcoholics Anonymous. They emphasize a living environment that promotes abstinence and peer support for recovery. HF is based on the premise that many homeless persons with substance abuse problems will reject abstinence as a goal. Therefore, the HF focus is providing subsidized or free housing and optional professional services for substance abuse, psychiatric disorders, and other problems.

Research limitations/implications

If homeless service providers are to develop comprehensive systems for homeless persons with AOD problems, they need to consider important contrasts in housing models, including definitions of “recovery,” roles of peer support, facility management, roles for professional service, and the architectural designs that support the mission of each type of housing.

Originality/value

This paper is the first to consider distinct consumer choices within homeless service systems and provide recommendations to improve each based upon architecture and community planning principles.

Details

Drugs and Alcohol Today, vol. 17 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1745-9265

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Publication date: 1 March 1991

Polly‐Alida Farrington

Federal publications concerning homelessness originate from a variety of different agencies, reflecting the complexities of the issues surrounding this problem. Topics…

Abstract

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.

Details

Collection Building, vol. 11 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0160-4953

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