Given the nature of typological formulations and their history in clinical decision-making, an important conceptual issue is the possible functions of a typology for the management of homeless families. The major uses of clinical typologies that have been proposed in these various literatures are the following:
- Summarize important diagnostic, prognostic and descriptive information in a simple, understandable classification scheme.
- Provide an empirical basis for client-service matching, such as programs to help with stable housing, psychological problems, medical care, social services, child care, or substance abuse.
- Minimize or remediate effects on children.
- Improve specificity of prediction of short-term as well as long-term outcomes in relation to services received.
- Help to prevent family homelessness.