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KEY FEATURES: • Realistic cases with engaging fictional stories prepare students for the types of issues and situations they will confront in their social work careers. • A foundational section midway through each case provides critical background information needed to better understand relevant social issues so students are prepared to consider the dilemmas from an informed position. • Discussion questions challenge students to think critically about vital issues, weigh the advantages and disadvantages of competing solutions, explore policy alternatives, and grapple with realities such as the unintended consequences of any decision. • A critical analysis writing assignment accompanying each case requires students to demonstrate an understanding of the issue, take a stand on it, and back up their position with evidence from the case.

Homelessness and the Housing First Debate: Wrestling With the Issues
Chapter 10 homelessness and the housing first debate: wrestling with the issues

It takes Middleton City Council President Cally Hunter a few minutes to quiet the packed room at city hall where 200 residents are gathered for a public forum concerning homelessness. A first-time visitor to this solid, comfortable city of 700,000 would not suspect that Middleton is facing a significant homeless problem, yet the facts are undeniable. Shoppers or professionals who work downtown occasionally complain about being approached by shabbily dressed panhandlers asking for spare change, but few people other than homeless advocates, a couple of congregations, and social workers are focused on this growing problem. In reality, homelessness in Middleton has grown far ...

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