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Understanding Family Homelessness in New York City

Vera Institute of Justice, 2005

This report looks at the relationship between families and the public shelter system in New York City. The report answers three primary questions: 1) What neighborhoods do families come from immediately before they enter shelter? 2) What factors contribute to families entering the shelter system? 3) What factors contribute to families returning to shelters after placement in permanent housing? Researchers conducted three separate studies to explore these questions. To do so, they consulted geographical and administrative data and held 327 interviews with families in the emergency shelter system. The report was produced by Nancy Smith, Zaire Dinzey Flores, Jeffrey Lin and John Markovic of the Vera Institute.

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Research category: Families, Youth