Supporting Families Experiencing Homelessness

Current Practices and Future Directions

  • Mary E. Haskett
  • Staci Perlman
  • Beryl Ann Cowan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Needs of Children and Families Experiencing Homelessness

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. John C. Buckner
      Pages 3-21
    3. Staci Perlman, Sandy Sheller, Karen M. Hudson, C. Leigh Wilson
      Pages 57-77
    4. Carmela J. DeCandia, Christina M. Murphy, Natalie Coupe
      Pages 79-102
  3. Frameworks for Service Delivery and Intervention for Families

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
  4. Evidence Based and Promising Approaches to Service Provision and Intervention

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 171-171
    2. Abigail Gewirtz, Kimberly Burkhart, Jessica Loehman, Beth Haukebo
      Pages 173-186
    3. Janette E. Herbers, J. J. Cutuli
      Pages 187-207
    4. Ralph da Costa Nunez, Matthew Adams
      Pages 209-232
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 233-243

About this book


This book is an extremely welcome addition to the literature on homelessness, and the only one solely devoted to the needs of families and children. This timely volume is a creative compendium of chapters that explores every aspect of the issue and describes the cutting edge of the field.” – From the foreword, Ellen L. Bassuk, M.D., National Center on Family Homelessness, Center for Social Innovation, and Harvard Medical School

With more American families being increasingly forced into homelessness, Supporting Families Experiencing Homelessness aims to raise the standard and scope of services provided to families without homes through practices that are both strengths-based and culturally competent. All major aspects of this important topic are analyzed, with recommendations for what is needed to improve current programs or establish new ones. Chapters set out the particular needs of parents, children, and teens as well as homeless subpopulations, such as youth who age out of foster care. This book presents a real-world framework for services that are client-centered, are integrated across provider systems, and follow families in their transition to stable housing. Included in this volume:

  • The ecology of family homelessness.
  • Developmental and mental health outcomes of sheltered infants, children, and adolescents.
  • Parenting in the face of homelessness.
  • Trauma-informed practices in shelters and other programs serving homeless families.
  • Cultural competence and individualized care in service provision.
  • Evidence-based and promising approaches to service provision and intervention.

A groundbreaking volume, this book is a must-read for students preparing for careers in human services, all frontline providers working with those at-risk for housing instability or currently living without homes, and researchers and policy-makers working to enhance outcomes for families experiencing homelessness.


Adolescents Without Homes Child Welfare Homeless Children and Youth Homeless Families Service Delivery for Homeless Families Services for Families Without Homes

Editors and affiliations

  • Mary E. Haskett
    • 1
  • Staci Perlman
    • 2
  • Beryl Ann Cowan
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyNorth Carolina State UniversityRaleighUSA
  2. 2.University of DelawareNewarkUSA
  3. 3.ArlingtonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-8717-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-8718-0
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