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The Man in the Dog ParkComing Up Close to Homelessness$
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Cathy A. Small

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501748783

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501748783.001.0001

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A Sheltered, Homeless Day

A Sheltered, Homeless Day

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The Man in the Dog Park

Cathy A. Small

Jason Kordosky

Ross Moore

Cornell University Press

This chapter provides a look at homeless life in the shelters. To anyone who frequents shelters, it is an institution with a common feel, with well-known pros and cons. A warm bed, food, and a shower are the most frequent foci of gratefulness, but the Community Shelter also provides an address to register to vote or receive official mail, a place to get needed clothing, and an avenue to connect with social and health service programs. However, there are still many homeless people who do not use a public or private shelter. One of the reasons for this is that they chafe at the rules. Grumbles about shelter life typically become more frequent when the facility is overcrowded, trying to serve more people than its resources allow. The most pointed objections to shelter life, however, involve people's sense of personal safety and control, with many concerns focused on other shelter clients.

Keywords:   homeless life, shelters, Community Shelter, social service programs, health service programs, homeless people, shelter life, overcrowding, personal safety, personal control

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