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Abstract

Homelessness is not a new phenomenon in Massachusetts, nor are the "new" homeless of the 1980s and 1990s that different from the "old" homeless of previous decades. What is new is the societal response to the burgeoning population of homeless men, women, and children. Massachusetts's response to the problem of homelessness in the 1980s, as outlined in the Massachusetts Comprehensive Policy Approach, is examined and found to reflect commitment and creativity. However, the problem of homelessness in Massachusetts remains, the community appears frustrated, and current budget cutbacks do not augur well for future services to the homeless.

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