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Homelessness: Getting Started

library (print) and electronic resources on homelessness

Welcome to the Homelessness Libguide


This research guide pulls together a variety of resources you may want to use if you are conducting research for Homelessness

Want to know where to start your research? Click on the above tabs to find lists of books, journal titles and recommended databases, electronic sources and recommended reliable websites.

Have questions? Feel free to comment or ask questions about this research guide by clicking above on the PAGE COMMENTS link. Feel free to contact a librarian anytime you need assistance.

Good luck in your research.

Overview of Homelessness

According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (USDHUD) the term "homeless" or "homeless individual or homeless person" includes-

  1. an individual who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence; and

  2. an individual who has a primary nighttime residence that is -

    1. a supervised publicly or privately operated shelter designed to provide temporary living accommodations (including welfare hotels, congregate shelters, and transitional housing for the mentally ill);

    2. an institution that provides a temporary residence for individuals intended to be institutionalized; or

    3. a public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings.

(USDHUD, n.d.).

Keyword Suggestions

Suggested keywords to use in your searches in the library catalog, electronic databses, and online resources:

    • Homeless
    • Homelessness
    • Homelessness--California
    • Homelessness--United States
    • Homeless persons
    • Housing & the homeless
    • Homeless persons--services for
    • Homeless children
    • Homeless families
    • Homeless persons--government policy--United States
    • Homeless veterans--Housing--United States


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