NYU Wagner Professor Ingrid Gould Ellen Co-Edits New Book Titled ‘How to House the Homeless’


In their new book, Ingrid Gould Ellen of New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and Brendan O’Flaherty of Columbia University propose that the answers to the question "How to House the Homeless" entail rethinking how housing markets operate and developing more efficient interventions in existing service programs.

Homelessness is one of the most troubling and persistent social problems in the United States, yet experts can agree neither on its root causes nor on how to eradicate it. Is homelessness the result of individual life conditions, such as poverty, addiction, or mental illness, or is there simply not enough affordable housing? And which services are the most successful?

In How to House the Homeless, editors Ingrid Gould Ellen and Brendan O’Flaherty propose that the answers entail rethinking how housing markets operate and developing more efficient interventions in existing service programs. The book, published by the Russell Sage Foundation, critically reassesses where we are now, analyzes the most promising policies and programs going forward, and offers a new agenda for future research.

Ellen is a professor of public policy and urban planning at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and the co-director of the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy, a leading academic research center devoted to the public policy aspects of real estate, land use and housing. O’Flaherty is professor of economics at Columbia University. How to House the Homeless grew out of a joint NYU Furman Center/Columbia University Center for Homeless Prevention conference in November, 2008.

For additional information, visit the publisher's web page.

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