pt. I. Descent to shelter : systemic factors leading to shelter. 1. How a diverse population grew while housing decreased -- 2. Family values and other myths and realities about families -- pt. II. The social psychological experience of poverty and shelter life. 3. Shelter life and women's self-concept -- 4. Shelter life and its effects on children's development -- pt. III. Solutions : some old, some new. 5. A solution for shrinking funds : mandated community collaboration -- 6. Consciousness raising : an old solution with a new twist -- 7. Recommendations -- Epilogue : connecting private troubles with public issues : a little sociological imagination would help.
Includes bibliographical references (-130) and index.