Book Chapter

Women's homelessness: International evidence on causes, consequences, coping, and policies

G Johnson, DC Ribar, A Zhu

The Oxford Handbook of Women and the Economy | Published : 2017


This chapter reviews international evidence regarding women’s homelessness. It discusses different definitions of homelessness and how women are frequently part of the “hidden homeless” population and less a part of the unsheltered homeless population. It also considers the data that are used to enumerate and study homeless people. The structural, personal, and random causes of homelessness are discussed, with evidence pointing to highly gendered patterns. The chapter also describes the consequences of women’s homelessness, including the consequences for children, and the material and psychological coping strategies that homeless people employ. It considers policies to reduce homelessness an..

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