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Praeger Publishers


In this chapter, we examine the shelter experience for homeless mothers, particularly those with young children. We review the literature on women with children living in homeless shelters and draw from the findings of our research on homeless women living in shelters and transitional housing in the midwestern United States from 1990 through 2002. This research included in-depth interviews conducted over a twelve-year period with almost 200 women residing in emergency homeless shelters, battered women's shelters, or transitional housing for single-parent families. For this chapter, we draw from the data on sheltered homeless mothers living with or separated from their children. We begin with a consideration of the pathways to the shelter for these families.

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Homelessness in America


Robert Hartmann McNamara


Homelessness in America by Robert Hartmann McNamara. Copyright © 2008 by Robert Hartmann McNamara. All rights reserved. Reproduced with permission of ABC-CLIO, LLC, Santa Barbara, CA.



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