Pathways to Homelessness Among New York City Families

Beth C. Weitzman, James R. Knickman, Marybeth Shinn

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This article uses survey data to identify three pathways followed by homeless families in the period before they requested emergency shelter. The analysis groups 482 New York City families who were new entrants to homelessness into those whose longest residence in the year prior to the shelter request was as primary tenants in their own living quarters (43% of the sample), those who lived with others last year but who had once been primary tenants for a year or more (13%), and those who had never had a stable place of their own (44%). The demographic, social, and housing characteristics of these three groups vary significantly, indicating that homeless families are not a monolithic and homogeneous population. Consequently policies must be made specific to the needs of these families. 1990 The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)125-140
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Social Issues
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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