Date of Award

5-1-1995

Degree Type

Thesis

University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

School

School of Arts and Sciences

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Political Science

First Advisor

Professor Michael Bailey

Abstract

This study examined the conditions of homelessness in the City of Atlanta and historically in the United States of America. The study focused on three objectives. The homeless population in the City of Atlanta was identified. Six independent variables were employed that explain the contributing causes of homelessness in the City. In addition, the forces that led to the creation of the 1991 Anti-Panhandling and Window-washing ordinances were investigated as well as how homeless persons view these ordinances. The researcher found that the homeless population in the City of Atlanta is diverse. It was found that single women with children and African Americans are among the fastest growing groups of homeless persons in the city. It was also found that homeless persons view the 1991 Anti-Panhandling and Window-washing ordinances as a means for preventing them from earning material possessions.

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