Homelessness among At-Risk Families with Children in Twenty American Cities

Angela R. Fertig, David A Reingold

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Abstract

This article uses data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing study to explore the characteristics and determinants of homelessness among families with children. These unique data permit the examination of a large set of individual-, household-, and city-level risk factors that may influence homelessness. Results suggest that homelessness is strongly linked to informal and institutional social support. It is only modestly associated with local housing and labor market conditions. These results suggest that the greatest potential for reducing family homelessness lies in interventions, such as low-income housing assistance, that are designed to strengthen informal and institutional social support among low-income mothers. Policies designed to alter local housing and labor market conditions are unlikely to reduce substantially the risk of this pressing social problem.
Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherUniversity of Chicago Press
StatePublished - Sep 2008

Publication series

NameSocial Service Review
PublisherUniversity of Chicago Press Journals
No.3
Volume82

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Fertig, A. R., & Reingold, D. A. (2008). Homelessness among At-Risk Families with Children in Twenty American Cities. (Social Service Review; Vol. 82, No. 3). University of Chicago Press.

Homelessness among At-Risk Families with Children in Twenty American Cities. / Fertig, Angela R.; Reingold, David A.

University of Chicago Press, 2008. (Social Service Review; Vol. 82, No. 3).

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Fertig, AR & Reingold, DA 2008, Homelessness among At-Risk Families with Children in Twenty American Cities. Social Service Review, no. 3, vol. 82, University of Chicago Press.
Fertig AR, Reingold DA. Homelessness among At-Risk Families with Children in Twenty American Cities. University of Chicago Press, 2008. (Social Service Review; 3).
Fertig, Angela R. ; Reingold, David A. / Homelessness among At-Risk Families with Children in Twenty American Cities. University of Chicago Press, 2008. (Social Service Review; 3).
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