Sociological Portrait of the Homeless Population in a Moderate Sized City: Macon, Georgia

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Topics include demographic characteristics, causes of homelessness, health and illness, the gap between the income of the homeless and the cost of low-income housing, kinship and friendship networks, crime and victimization patterns, and policy alternatives. These topics are examined in relation to the findings from studies which have focused on homelessness in major metropolitan areas. This study is based on a sample of 100 homeless people.


". . . a much needed and overdue work in the controversial and often misunderstood area of homelessness. . . . replete with statistical data. For the teaching scholar, in search of hard core facts about homelessness, Dr. Floyd provides mounds of empirical information concerning the many faces of homelessness. . . . If American society is ever to confront and to deal with the issue of homelessness, it must do so with a firm, empirical understanding of the issue. . . . Dr. Floyd's [work] represents an important step in the direction of resolving this critical issue." -- Robert J. Franzese

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