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You too can write a report on the homeless

Update: Homelessness
McCauslin
1994

The text in this book is actually pretty decent, other than being outdated. (Lots of data from the 80’s)  More interesting is the somewhat critical tone of government policy and programs.  (Kind of rare in the world of juvenile and teen nonfiction.)
My gripe is the cover art and some of the illustrations.  It seems that the “featured” homeless are more often than not African American. Except for this guy (at least I think it is a guy):

Did they pay these people?  Are they actors?
Regardless of your particular take, this book is outdated.  Since this is a book for students writing reports, an updated version is in order.   As an aside, this particular book had a grand total of zero circs and looks brand spanking new.

Mary

0 Responses to You too can write a report on the homeless

  • I thought that looked familiar! I was in high school and undergrad around that time and this author did some other books about safe sex and AIDS. It was part of the whole MTV Gets Serious kind of movement to make kids less shallow and more socially aware of problems. Since Reagan significantly affected the increase of homelessness, he was coming off the 80’s anger.
    Great find! Now a days, it would be too harsh for the little snowflakes to handle? I kid.

  • That’s is one very clean-looking homeless guy on the cover. His clothes look brand new. Even the trashcan is clean.

  • The dude on the cover has a ‘get that camera outta my face’ look on his face, don’t you think? The dude napping on the grass has an odd bulge around the waist, like he could try out for the role of Santa Claus next Xmas. Just meaningless observations on my part.

  • I also caught the fact that the “homeless” man on the cover was way too clean. If only the homeless that come to the library to sleep were that clean!

  • “My gripe is the cover art and some of the illustrations. It seems that the “featured” homeless are more often than not African American. ”

    No offense, Mary, but do you really expect the homeless population to be EEO compliant?

  • “My gripe is the cover art and some of the illustrations. It seems that the “featured” homeless are more often than not African American. ”

    But if it were a white dude, would it be a problem? It’s just ONE picture of ONE homeless guy, not a representation of all homeless.

    Besides, that guy on the cover looks WAY TOO CLEAN!!! LOL! Can you say, “paid actor”?

  • Following up on items above, homeless persons come in both genders, all shapes, sizes, ages, and degrees of cleanliness (some outreach providers have places to shower and provide clean clothes). Some are homeless for just a few days, others weeks, others years. Chronically homeless sometimes have addictions, and some would have homes if they could afford meds they need to treat mental health issues. Get to know them – volunteer at a homeless shelter, a church, a soup kitchen, a free clinic, or the Salvation Army. If your financial situation turned bad today, how many days are you from being homeless?

  • Is that a steak sitting on the folding chair behind the guy on the cover?