Addressing the Needs of the Homeless: A San José Library Partnership Approach

  title={Addressing the Needs of the Homeless: A San Jos{\'e} Library Partnership Approach},
  author={Lydia Collins and Francis E Howard and Angie Miraflor},
  journal={The Reference Librarian},
  pages={109 - 116}
Describes an urban joint-use library's approaches to library programs for homeless children, teens, and adults as well as agencies the library could partner with. Proposes that libraries put more effort into reaching out to the homeless community instead of assuming the normal expectation that people will come to the library. 
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