Home and homelessness are not necessarily opposites, but their meanings are not disconnected from one another. Their interrelations are complex and multidimensional, and they are impacted by economic, social, and political contexts; cultural ideals and experiences; and identities. Assumptions about what constitutes home and homelessness can have wide-ranging impacts on the material circumstances of a citizenry. Explorations of the interactions between home and homelessness in relation to gender and mental health are available in the scholarly literature, but there has been insufficient attention to such characteristics as race/ethnicity, disability, sexualities, and age.

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Keywords Emergency shelter, Gender, Hidden homelessness, Home, Homelessness, Housing first, Mental health, Personal safety, Public and private spaces, Rooming houses, Supportive housing
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-08-047163-1.00299-X
Klodawsky, F. (2012). Home and homelessness. doi:10.1016/B978-0-08-047163-1.00299-X