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Titolo:
TO KNOW THEM IS TO ... PROXIMITY TO SHELTERS AND SUPPORT FOR THE HOMELESS
Autore:
HENIG JR;
Indirizzi:
GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIV,CTR WASHINGTON AREA STUDIES WASHINGTON DC 20052
Titolo Testata:
Social science quarterly
fascicolo: 4, volume: 75, anno: 1994,
pagine: 741 - 754
SICI:
0038-4941(1994)75:4<741:TKTIT.>2.0.ZU;2-3
Fonte:
ISI
Lingua:
ENG
Soggetto:
GROUP HOMES; OPPOSITION;
Tipo documento:
Article
Natura:
Periodico
Settore Disciplinare:
Physical, Chemical & Earth Sciences
Citazioni:
31
Recensione:
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Citazione:
J.R. Henig, "TO KNOW THEM IS TO ... PROXIMITY TO SHELTERS AND SUPPORT FOR THE HOMELESS", Social science quarterly, 75(4), 1994, pp. 741-754

Abstract

Objective. Neighborhood resistance to the location of public facilities plagues local officials in their quest to find a place for power plants, incinerators, jails, clinics, foster homes, halfway houses, drugtreatment centers, homeless shelters, and other facilities that are presumed to provide valuable services to the broader community. This article addresses the issue of whether proximity to existing community-based facilities makes residents more likely to resist expanding the city's commitment to provide additional facilities. Methods. The study examines precinct level votes for and against a 1990 initiative, in Washington, D.C., that, if passed, would have guaranteed every homeless person a bed for the night. These election returns are assessed in relation to the existing distribution of emergency shelters, shelter beds,and other community-based residential facilities throughout the city. Results. When other factors are controlled for, precincts with more exposure to shelters were marginally more supportive of the extension of legislation making shelter for the homeless a basic right. Conclusions. Even where high concentrations of facilities lead communities to protest their status as ''dumping grounds,'' residents' distress need not translate into a rejection of the broader commitment to housing thehomeless on an equitable, citywide basis. This may provide some mild reassurance to those hoping to build community support for housing thehomeless in decentralized community settings.

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