The Power of Perceptions: Homeless Assistance Providers and Their Views of the Homeless Population
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The following study is an examination of the views and perceptions individuals working in careers relating to homelessness in Michigan have about the population that they serve. Qualitative data was collected from ten current and former homeless assistance providers whose jobs range from running a homeless shelter in Lansing, Michigan to implementing policies and programs at a state level that have both positive and negative impacts on the lives of the homeless. This study concludes, using Talmadge Wright's framework on the causes of homelessness that there is a direct relationship between how a homeless assistance provider perceives the factors contributing to homelessness and what solutions they will propose to solve the problem of homelessness. Interpretations of the social and economic costs of homelessness were taken into account to strengthen the above conclusion.
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