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America's Real Homeless Hotspots

America's Real Homeless Hotspots | Childhood homelessness | Scoop.it
An estimated 600,000 Americans are homeless, but the spread isn't uniform. Some cities have been hit harder than others.

 

When I teach cultural geography, I discuss the idea that some thing are "in place" and others are "out of place" based on the cultural norms that change from place to place.  Homelessness is almost always "out of place."   What parts of the built environment in your city are purposefully uninviting to the homeless?  What is the connection between the city (and urbanization) and homelessness?  What could (or should) be done in major metropolitan areas with high rates of homelessness?  What is the spatial patterns evident in the geography of homelessness?  What accounts for these patterns?  What surprises are in the data from the article? 


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Isabelle Zahn's curator insight, January 18, 2014 2:23 PM

This article fits into our unit of Environmental impact of cultural attitudes and practices it also fits into the unit of ethnicity and cultural regions. In this article it talks about homelessness and  why there is homelessness. This article covers the main reasons why people are homeless and the percentage  approximately  that are homeless for the specific reasons. This article has relevance with national and international communities because  people there are homeless and therefore they are affected by that. Some short-term effects can be creating homeless shelters were like they know the reasons why people are homeless or they can also create homeless funds.some long-term effects could be decreasing the amount of homeless people and just realizing the reasons why these people are homeless and creating ways for less people to become homeless. 

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The Hidden Cost of Counting the Homeless

The Hidden Cost of Counting the Homeless | Childhood homelessness | Scoop.it

A professor criticizes the "culture of quantification," (in the journal cultural geographies) arguing that we don't do enough with the data we collect.  If all we do is count (or attempt to count the homeless), does that help them in any way or change the realities that lead to homelessness?  Are we counting them just to give us the numbers to receive credit that may help other programs but not help the homeless?  Is data for data's sake of any value?

 

UPDATE: Another geographer noted some other issues of homelessness on the website facebook page, specifically in regard to this map of homelessness: "A problem associated with this map is that while the numbers get smaller, it raises the question: where did they go? (answer: Hollywood, after an emphasis on policing pushed them out)...this could be tied in to a discussion about map scale."

 

Tags: statistics, class, census, socioeconomic, housing, poverty.


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