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Welfare Reform on the Web (July 2009): Homelessness - overseas

A review of services and interventions for runaway and homeless youth: moving forward

N. Slesnick and others

Children and Youth Services Review, vol. 31, 2009, p. 732-742

This article reviews and summarises evaluations of community-based services and treatment interventions designed to assist homeless adolescents in the USA. International research is reviewed separately. Qualitative research which offers insight into young people's experiences of services and interventions is also included.

When framing fails: influence and resources in San Francisco's homeless policy field

D. Noy

Social Problems, vol. 56, 2009, p. 223-242

Frames are schema of interpretation that bound reality, direct attention, organise experience and suggest underlying logics with which to make sense of the world. Literature examining political framing generally focuses on the way that shared framing leads to cohesive actions and policy outcomes. However, frames are not silver bullets. This case study of homelessness policymaking in San Francisco shows that shared diagnostic framing of a social problem does not always lead to cooperation among actors or corresponding cohesive social policies. It is argued that to understand why shared framing failed, it is necessary to examine the complex interaction between frames, influence and material resources.

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