How The Homeless `Crisis' Was Hyped

In 1982, Mary Ellen Hombs and Mitch Snyder, advocates for the homeless, estimated in their book Homelessness in America: A Forced March to Nowhere that between 2 million and 3 million people in the U.S. were then without a home. The magnitude of that figure helped create a perception that the number of homeless people was one of the major failures of U.S. social programs.

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