Characteristics and Dynamics of Homeless Families with Children. The Need for Multiple Typologies

10/01/2007

Consensus from the Expert Panel is that the two top goals for a typology should be a focus on prevention and resource allocation - how to match the resources that exist with the needs of the families who are homeless. Given that the factors that predict becoming homeless are likely to differ from those that predict exiting homelessness, it may be most useful to frame typologies in two different ways: a prevention typology and a resource allocation typology. In the remainder of this chapter, we identify the implications of our literature review, data exploration, analysis efforts for each of these typologies regarding what can be accomplished now, and what additional steps might be needed in developing each typology.

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