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An essential guide to issues of the homeless population! Nov. 7 2010
By D. Gilbert - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
In Homeless Narratives and Pretreatment Pathways, the author Jay Levy incorporates
his experience working with homeless people, his wisdom and treatment philosophy with touching narratives of homeless individuals. His narratives illustrate how to put the principles he espouses into action. I found this book to be both an inspiring work of nonfiction and a practical guide for people studying and working in the field. All of the principles the author espouses for building bridges between the homeless population and state resources are put forth in a logical, clear and concise manner, which makes the book easy to read and comprehend. The author explains his methods of keying into unique language usage in order to facilitate communication with the homeless. He brings fresh, keen philosophical insights to a complicated problem, bucking conventional wisdom in confronting homelessness and presenting cogent, practical solutions to improving the lives of homeless people. This book is an essential read for medical and social work professionals, as well as government policy makers who deal with issues of homelessness. It is also an enlightening book for anyone interested in learning more about the plight of the homeless.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Training Manual Oct. 1 2010
By Linda Brown - Published on Amazon.com
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Jay Levy has captured the essence of engagement through his use of languaging. His extensive history working with the chronic homeless population and the models he's developed to successfully bring some of the hardest to serve individuals from the streets into housing is clearly outlined in "Homeless Narratives..". I have been working with this same population for over 25 years and this is the first book that articulates my experiences with outreach and housing. We will be using Jay Levy's book for training in all of our homeless programs and I would urge other providers of homeless services to do the same. Jerry Ray
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Homeless Narratives and Pretreatment Pathways July 7 2011
By ordoabchao - Published on Amazon.com
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I work as a case manager for a large mens homeless shelter. This book is right on and bridges the gap between academic and actuality. It is an essential read for anyone working with the homeless community. It could be titled, "Homeless 101".
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Homeless Narratives & Pretreatment Pathways Sept. 8 2010
By Dave Modzelewski - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a 'must read' for anyone working in the field of housing the chronically homeless. Jay Levy has established a guide for understanding this underserved and misunderstood population and provides a thoughtful and vividly clear set of strategies to help house the unhoused. Too often practioners of services to the mentally ill look to provide assistance under 'terms and conditions'. Mr. Levy helps establish a new approach. His "Homeless Narratives" provides a thoughtful and nuanced take on 'helping' and together with other comprehensive approaches to ending homelessness may be the answer to helping end this national scourge.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Latest methods used in dealing with homelessness June 21 2011
By Paul Kendall - Published on Amazon.com
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I read this book living in the UK with a UK perspective of homelessness.

The book would be a must read for anyone thinking about volunteering to help out at a homeless shelter or in a charity this winter and it would be especially useful if you were thinking about a career in social work.

Terms like "under serviced clients" and "The unaffiliated homeless" stuck in mind as we don't use these descriptions in the UK.

Jay has developed a range of methods to contact and build trust with hard to reach sections of the homeless community. I like the six stories documented in the book especially touching and tragic was the story of a man called Butch.

Over all the book is a specialist publication but it has a wider appeal because of the accounts or narratives of suffering, indignity and homelessness that are detailed in the first part of the book.

I Liked this book and I recommend it.

Paul Kendall (Leeds UK)


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