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Seasons Such as These (Social Problems and Social Issues) by Cynthia Bogard

By Cynthia Bogard

In the course of the Reagan years, homelessness went from a seldom-noticed social sick to a valuable poverty-related hindrance that demanded a countrywide coverage answer. In Seasons akin to those Bogard argues that it was once greater than the elevated numbers of usa citizens with no houses that introduced the difficulty of homelessness into the highlight. As Bogard’s particular narrative historical past and research demonstrates, homelessness used to be additionally "talked into being" throughout the accrued efforts of numerous sectors of social actors, together with advocates and activists, executive officers, specialists, and the media. The ebook strains the activities of those actors over that interval, while homelessness constructed right into a social challenge in America’s "national cities"—New York and Washington, D.C.

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By this time, Catholic officials from the archdiocese of Washington had stepped in to attempt to mediate the dispute (WP, January 3, 1979) and Holy Trinity parishioners were reported as vehemently opposed to Snyder’s action. “Let him die! . The world would be well off without him,” was how one woman put it. “We feel very put upon” and “It’s a kind of extortion,” said another. “Let them do what they want with their money. We’ll do what we want with ours,” stated a male parishioner (WP, January 1, The National Visitor Center Campaign 15 1979).

Yet these homeless people remained in danger of freezing to death during the winter if they would not avail themselves of these shelters (WP, December 5, 1978). These claims were given credence and publicity when a local priest posed as a homeless man one night and reported on his adventures with an oppressive city shelter bureaucracy in a column in the Post in late fall (October 28, 1978). Snyder was quoted in a subsequent Post article as saying, “Many of them can’t take the hassle, the controls.

One was an estimate made by the State Office of Mental Health, which claimed that “45% to 50% of the homeless are mentally ill” (from a State Office of Mental Health internal memo cited in Baxter and Hopper 1981:10). The second was the results of psychiatric screenings that took place at Wards Island men’s shelter in 1980 that found that 70 percent of residents suffered from psychiatric problems. Though the Baxter and Hopper study presented a complex portrait of those living on the street and how they got there, the Times coverage of the study highlighted deinstitutionalization as a main cause of homelessness (March 8, 11, 1981).

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