Employment, Day Labor, and Shadow Work Among Homeless Assistance Clients in the United States

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Abstract

Due to various barriers that keep homeless people away from regular work, a considerable proportion of them resort to day labor or subsistence "work," such as peddling and panhandling, to earn income. Using the National Survey of Homeless Assistance Providers and Clients (NSHAPC) data, this study compares the personal characteristics of currently homeless and nonhomeless persons and examines how demographic characteristics, physical health and mental health problems, and substance abuse affect the employment status and income-earning approaches of homeless assistance clients. It finally provides suggestions for public assistance programs and future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)253-272
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Poverty
Volume17
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2013
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Demography
  • Sociology and Political Science

Keywords

  • day labor
  • health
  • homelessness
  • panhandling
  • peddling
  • substance abuse
  • work

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