Reading List

Want to be more informed? Check out these great books!

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond (2016).
Rural Worlds Apart: Poverty and Politics in Rural America by Cynthia M. Duncan (2015).
No Way Home: The Crisis of Homelessness and How to Fix It with Intelligence and Humanity by Wayne Winegarden, Christopher Rufo, Joseph Tartakovsky, & Kerry Jackson (2021).
The Book on Ending Homelessness by Iain De Jong (2019).


How Ten Global Cities Take On Homelessness: Innovations That Work by Linda Gibbs, Jay Bainbridge, Muzzy Rosenblatt, & Tamiru Mammo (2021).
Better Must Come: Exiting Homelessness in Two Global Cities by Matthew D. Marr (2015).
A Home of Your Own: Housing First and Ending Homelessness in Finland by Enni Sahlman (2017).


Homeless: A Day In The Life: A Homeless Veteran's Tale by Toddy Murphy (2018).


Tell Them Who I Am: The Lives of Homeless Women by Elliot Liebow (1993).
No Room Of Her Own: Women’s Stories of Homelessness, Life, Death, and Resistance by Desiree Hellegers (2011).

Children & Families

Rachel and Her Children by Jonathan Kozol (1987).
Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival, and Hope in an American City by Andrea Elliott (2021).
Invisible Nation: Homeless Families in America by Richard Schweid (2016).


No House To Call My Home: Love, Family, and Other Transgressions by Ryan Berg (2015).
Coming Out to the Streets LGBTQ Youth Experiencing Homelessness by Andrew Robinson (2020).
Kicked Out edited by Sassafras Lowrey & Jennifer Claire Burke (2010).


Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen by Jose Antonio Vargas (2019).
Undocumented: A Dominican Boy's Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League by Dan-el Padilla Peralta (2015).


The Librarian's Guide to Homelessness: An Empathy-Driven Approach to Solving Problems, Preventing Conflict, and Serving Everyone by Ryan J. Dowd (2018).
Stories from the Shadows: Reflections of a Street Doctor by James J. O'Connell (2015).