Date of Award


Degree Type


University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

Degree Name



Africana Women's Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Josephine Bradley


This study traces the history of homelessness and identifies its causes. It also takes note of various responses to homelessness in America and to displacement in South Africa. Oral histories, taken from women housed in Atlanta, Georgia in a drug and alcohol abuse program and a women's shelter and in Johannesburg, South Africa in a squatters' camp and a women's shelter, are used to ascertain the extent of displacement among females, their perceptions of the responses to their various situations, and their feelings about what services are still needed. The study concludes with recommendations addressed to government agencies, public and prlvate organizations, and communities for the alleviation of homelessness and displacement among Africana women in Atlanta and Johannesburg.