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MARYBETH SHINN is Professor of Psychology at New York University. She has
served as president of the Society for Community Research and Action (Division
27 of the American Psychological Association) and received that organization's
award for Distinguished Contributions to Theory and Research. She and her col-
leagues have conducted a five-year longitudinal study of homeless and housed
poor families in New York City, a study of alternative models for sheltering home-
less families, and an experimental study of a program to house homeless individ-
uals with mental illness and chemical dependencies in their own apartments,
directly from the street. She has co-edited special issues of the Journal of Social
Issues
on Institutions and Alternatives (1981) and Urban Homelessness (1990).
Her current research interests are in homelessness, welfare reform, and methods
for assessing the social and policy contexts of people's lives.
JIM BAUMOHL is Associate Professor, Graduate School of Social Work and
Social Research, Bryn Mawr College. He has been a streetworker, shelter director,
and tenant organizer, and is a board memeber of the Philadelphia Committee to
End Homelessness. Baumohl is the book review editor of Contemporary Drug
Problems
, the editor of several thematic journal issues concerning homelessness,
and the editor of Homelessness in America (Oryx Press, 1996). He is co-editor of a
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