Catalyst 300 – Inadequate Housing & Homelessness

Approximately a quarter of the world’s urban population lives in slums without access to basic infrastructure. In the United States, estimated 553,000 people are homeless and 90,000 of them are chronically homeless (US HUD, 2018). In 2016, almost 900,000 US household experienced eviction (The Eviction Lab, 2018). Negative outcomes include threats to health and wellbeing, particularly for children. This challenge addresses access to adequate housing worldwide.

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Background Information

Reference resources provide a starting point for your research projects, and Credo Reference provides hundreds of encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri, and more in one place.

Credo direct link to topic pages: homelessness, eviction, affordable housing

Credo keyword search: housing policy, inequality, gentrification, homeless children,

homelessness and mental health


Ripon College Library Catalog

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Homelessness, inequality, affordable housing, mental health and homelessness,

homeless shelters, housing policy

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Statistics and Government Sources

CIA World Factbook : Background information on each country in the world

Gallup polls: Public opinion polls regularly conducted on political, social, and economic issues. 

Organization for Economic Development & Cooperation: Organization working to improve inequalities around the globe, especially in regards to income inequality.

ProQuest Statistical Abstracts: Over 1400 indexed tables of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. Access to information from federal agencies

US Census Bureau: Access to data from federal surveys and censuses. 

US Department of Health and Human Services: Research funded by the HHS on homelessness in the United States. State of Wisconsin government and demographic information 

World Almanac: Annual book with political, economic, scientific, and educational statistics.

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