Homelessness & Poverty
Definition of Homelessness
- “According to the Oxford Encyclopedia of Social Work, homelessness is formally defined by the United States government as when a person “lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, and if they sleep in a shelter designated for temporary living accommodations or in places not designated for human habitation.”
- 42 U.S. Code § 11302 – General definition of homeless individual There are several definitions of homelessness.
- National Health Care for the Homeless Council There are several definitions of homelessness. Included are different types of homelessness.
Definition of Poverty
- Poverty is measured in the United States by comparing a person’s or family’s income to a set poverty threshold or minimum amount of income needed to cover basic needs. People whose income falls under their threshold are considered poor.
- Dignity : seeking respect in back row America by Chris Arnade (available in print)
- High-risers : Cabrini-Green and the fate of American public housing by Ben Austen (available in print)
- Invisible Americans : the tragic cost of child poverty by Jeff Madrick (available in print)
- The Librarian’s guide to homelessness : an empathy-driven approach to solving problems, preventing conflict, and serving everyone by Ryan Dows (available in print)
- Maid : hard work, low pay, and a mother’s will to survive by Stephanie Land (available in print, as an eBook and as eAudio)
- The prosperity paradox : how innovation can lift nations out of poverty by Clayton M. Christensen, Efosa Ojomo, and Karen Dillon (available in print)
- You can’t go wrong doing right : how a child of poverty rose to the White House and helped change the world by Robert J. Brown (available in print and eAudio)
- The American Nurse
- The line: poverty in America
- Poverty, Inc.
- Poverty, politics & profits: the housing crisis
- Growing Up Poor in America | Frontline (PBS)
- Why is There Still Poverty in America? (The Economist)
- Why Poverty? (PBS)
- Ending Poverty U.N.’s goal is to end poverty.
- Getting stimulus payments to homeless communities
- Homelessness in America Basic facts about homelessness
- Homelessness Statistics by State Statistics of homelessness in the United States
- How the Census Bureau Measures Poverty Definition of poverty, including thresholds
- Institute for Research on Poverty Research institution whose goal is to combat poverty and inequality
- The Law and Homelessness: Definition Homelessness factors
- National Coalition for the Homeless Facts about poverty and homelessness
- Poverty Overview World Bank Group’s goals are to end extreme poverty and promote shared prosperity.
- State of Homelessness 2020 Edition This “report represents a baseline—the state of homelessness before the [COVID-19] crisis began. It also reflects some early considerations and predictions about the influence of the [COVID-19] pandemic on this vulnerable population.”
Help for the Homeless and those in Poverty
- Daybreak Center Shelter and support services Phone: 815-723-3405
- Hesed House Helps with shelter and food for the homeless (Aurora) Phone: 630-897-2156
- Homeless Shelter Directory Resources for the homeless (Joliet)
- MorningStar Mission Homeless shelter (Joliet) Phone: 815-722-5780
- Plainfield Public Library District Pantry: food/supplies for those in need (outside)
- Wayside Cross Ministries Help for homeless (Aurora) Phone: 630-892-4239
- 25 Organizations Dedicated to Fight Poverty Listing of organizations fighting poverty
- Borgen Project Feeding America and reducing global poverty
- Feeding America Hunger relief
- Habitat for Humanity Aims for safe housing for everyone
- Housing and Urban Development Safe housing
- National Coalition for the Homeless To end and prevent homelessness and address immediate needs
- Salvation Army Programs to meet the needs of the needs
- St. Mary Immaculate Interfaith Pantry Phone: 815-436-2651
- UNICEF Their goal is to save children’s lives and defend their rights.
- Volunteers of America Help for the hungry and homeless
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