Date of Completion

Spring 5-11-2018

Document Type

Open Access Capstone

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)

First Advisor

Carol Ann Sharicz


Homelessness in America is not unique. In fact, homelessness in America has been part of the American fabric for centuries. According to Wikipedia, homelessness surfaced as a national issue in the 1870's; thousands of homeless people suffered in urban cities across the country. (Stanford, 2018). There was an extreme increase in homelessness in the United States after the Great Depression, which generated nearly two million people migrating across the United States. In the 1980's homelessness increased in America due to extreme budget cuts in social service programs and in the year 2009, data showed 1.5 million children in the United States would be homeless. In 2013 the number of homelessness grew to 2.5 million (Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved from: Further data revealed an estimated 57,849 of those homeless in the United States were veterans with 8% female and nearly 85% men. Homelessness affected youth under the age of 18 of nearly 58% of the population. This paper will address effective training programs for homelessness in Boston, MA.