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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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On the Street

On the Street

(p.60) 5 On the Street
The Man in the Dog Park

Cathy A. Small

Jason Kordosky

Ross Moore

Cornell University Press

This chapter describes homeless life on the street. Statistically, most homeless veterans like Ross Moore “choose” an “unsheltered” life. Often averse to the restrictive rules that shelters impose, they find that living outside is the lesser evil. The unsheltered life includes a wide swath of living situations, from sidewalks and tunnels to parks and forests to bus and train stations to cars and vans and more. The most important “location” variables involve legality and visibility. Generally, homeless are looking to find a spot that will not cause them to run afoul of the law and will keep them out of clear sight of the public. Most people think that the homeless do not have possessions, at least no possessions of value. Homeless people definitely do not see it that way, and one of the challenges they have is to protect their belongings from human and natural elements. Self-care is also a challenge for those without a sheltered routine and resources. The chapter then looks at the daily routine of homeless people.

Keywords:   homeless life, unsheltered life, homeless people, legality, visibility, possessions, self-care, daily routine, living situations

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