Recovering from Homelessness: Determining the “Quality of Sobriety” in a Transitional Housing Program

  title={Recovering from Homelessness: Determining the “Quality of Sobriety” in a Transitional Housing Program},
  author={Gwendolyn A. Dordick},
  journal={Qualitative Sociology},
Recent years have seen fundamental shifts in the objectives and delivery of assistance to the homeless. An early emphasis on emergency shelter and monetary housing assistance has been replaced by a focus on programs designed to blend shelter with an array of social services. In most instances, however, programs combining shelter and social services are designed as transitional; that is, they are intended to help homeless individuals and families move from a position of dependence to one where… 
Housing rites: young people’s experience of conditional pathways out of homelessness
Abstract Since devolution, Scotland has been perceived as an international trailblazer in homelessness policy. This is principally due to The Homelessness Etc. (Scotland) Act 2003 which led to the
A reappraisal of contemporary homelessness policy: the new role for transitional housing programmes
Abstract In the U.S. as in many other countries around the world, Permanent Housing (PH) policy based on Housing First (HF) principles has become increasingly important in recent years in tackling
Being homeless at the "End" of homelessness navigating the symbolic and social boundaries of housing first.
This article examines how Housing First policies translate to the lived experiences of those who remain in shelters and on the streets and demonstrates the value of a boundary-work perspective on homelessness.
The Role of Housing: A Comparison of Front-Line Provider Views in Housing First and Traditional Programs
Ironically, this study revealed that providers working within Treatment First programs were consumed with the pursuit of housing, whereas Housing First providers focused more on clinical concerns since consumers already had housing.
Shifting the evaluative gaze: Community-based program evaluation in the homeless sector
Homelessness is a growing social issue that is a consequence of structural inequities and contributor to the development of health inequities. Community-based research (CBR) has been proposed as an
Comparison of Housing First and Traditional Homeless Service Users in Eight European Countries: Protocol for a Mixed Methods, Multi-Site Study
Compared rehabilitation- and recovery-related outcomes of homeless services users who are engaged in either Housing First or traditional staircase services in eight European countries are compared to draw conclusions about the setting features that promote individuals’ exits from homelessness, rehabilitation, and recovery.
Resident perspectives on a Montreal peer-run housing project for opioid users
Prométhéus, a peer-run Montreal transitional housing program for opioid users, places highly disorganized, homeless individuals within a structured residential environment and resident perspectives are compared with themes emerging from literature on transitional housing programs.
What is "Support" in Supportive Housing: Client and Service Providers' Perspectives.
Themes of independence, coercion, and choice pervaded participants' narratives of their experiences accessing services, and concerns with privacy influenced the types of relationships residents formed with program staff and clients.
Literature review: effective interventions for working with young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness
This literature review was commissioned by the Commonwealth Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA). The aim of the review is to assess the current state


The Therapeutic Incarceration of Homeless Families
We discovered from a sample of 340 homeless families that services designed to aid them emerged from two, often conflicting, scrambles for resources. Social service providers parlayed public
Beside the Golden Door: Policy, Politics, and the Homeless
James Wright's Address Unknown: The Homeless in America focused on the problem of homelessness during the mid-to-late 1980s, making an important contribution to the then-emerging public debate of a
Exits from and Returns to Homelessness
This study explores transitions between homeless and domiciled states. It describes the timing of departures from and returns to homelessness, and it tests theoretical propositions linking individual
The Myth of Pervasive Mental Illness Among the Homeless
This paper calls into question the double-edged thesis that the majority of the homeless are mentally ill and that the streets of urban America have consequently become the asylums of today. We
A Dynamic Analysis of Homeless-Domicile Transitions
Using data from a longitudinal study in Alameda County, California, this paper examines the relevance of the individual deficit and the institutional resource frameworks in understanding
The epidemiology of alcohol, drug, and mental disorders among homeless persons.
Current research on the prevalence of alcohol, drug, and mental (ADM) disorders and the characteristics of homeless substance abusers and persons with mental illness and methodological problems in homelessness research are reviewed.
Shelter Poverty: New Ideas on Housing Affordability
Acknowledgments Introduction Part I: What Is Shelter Poverty? 1. Human Needs and Housing Affordability 2. The Shelter-Poverty Concept of Affordability Part II: Why Does Shelter Poverty Exist and
Down on Their Luck: A Study of Homeless Street People
David Snow and Leon Anderson show us the wretched face of homelessness in late twentieth-century America in countless cities across the nation. Through hundreds of hours of interviews, participant
Making Room: The Economics of Homelessness
Acknowledgments Introduction What Is Homelessness? Why Is It Bad? Homeless Histories Daytime Streetpeople How to Think about Housing Markets Income Distribution Interest Rates and Operating Costs
A Nation In Denial: The Truth About Homelessness
Part 1 Homelessness today: family homelessness and the underclass a homeless man's story America's response part of the problem. Part 2 Homelessness and the American social experience: a history of