Analysis of data from interviews of 80 mothers in five shelters for homeless families suggests that the availability of housing support from kin may be a selection mechanism determining which families become homeless. The availability of kin housing support is seen as a function of four factors: family structure, proximity, control of adequate housing resources, and estrangement. Policy implications are discussed
McChesney, Kay Young
"Absence of a Family Safety Net for Homeless Families,"
The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare: Vol. 19
, Article 5.
Available at: http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/jssw/vol19/iss4/5