Scholar to Study the Homelessness Problem

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

BronxWorks is already recognized for its outstanding success in reducing street homelessness in the Bronx, finding permanent homes for homeless families and individuals, and tending to their health and nutritional needs in the meantime.  But could we do better?  Why is homelessness such a deep-seated problem?  Are there root causes for homelessness other than the currently identifiable ones?

This is the broad subject area that will be studied by Dr. Jane Jones, who joined BronxWorks September 3rd as a scholar from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS). As part of her research, she will observe how we work with the homeless, with particular interest in the efforts of our Homeless Outreach Team (HOT).   We hope her scholarship on homelessness will shed additional light on a problem with which BronxWorks has now grappled for over 20 years.

Dr. Jones, a native of New Jersey, earned her master’s and doctorate degrees in sociology at New York University, with the PhD awarded in September 2010.  Prior to that, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago. The ACLS is a private, nonprofit federation of 71 national scholarly organizations and the leading advocate of scholarship in the humanities and social sciences.

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