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Homeless, Substance Abuse and Treatment

According to the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act of 1987, homelessness is defined as the lack of a regular and adequate nighttime residence including a nighttime residence that is either a supervised shelter, an institution that provides temporary assistance, or a public or private place not ordinarily used as sleeping accommodations for humans.

Homelessness in the United States is a significant social issue with as many as 3.5 million people estimated to be homeless during the course of a year and 700,000 to 800,000 people homeless on any given night. The U.S. idea of who is homeless has changed over the years. In the 1950s, the stereotype was an older, White, male alcoholic who lived on the streets in an urban slum; by the ...

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