Responding to the social problems that affect the populations you serve as a social worker is only one aspect of the professional responsibility you must undertake. The ability to be proactive by identifying disparities and gaps in policies is just as important. However, in order to be an effective advocate and to fully participate in the policy process, it is important that you be able to connect theory and research to policy-making decisions. Having the knowledge and skills to implement new policies and policy alternatives without creating new disparities is a skill all social workers need to possess.

For this Assignment, consider what you have learned about the possible causes of the social problem you selected. (Homelessness)

By Day 7

Assignment (2–4 pages, APA format): Your paper should include:

  • A description of the known explanations or causes of the issue you selected in your Social Issues paper in Week 3
  • A description of the theoretical explanations and approaches scholars and policy analysts used to discuss this issue
  • A description of the policies that have resulted from these discussions and an explanation of whether they are effective at resolving the issue

Support your Assignment with specific references to the resources. Be sure to provide full APA citations for your references.

Feldman, B. et al. (2017). Prevalence of Homelessness in the Emergency Department Setting.

Western Journal of Emergency Medicine, 18(3), 366–372.

Hanna, S. (2015). The Relationship between Self-determination and Client Outcomes among the

Homeless. San Bernardino, CA: California State University

Lee, B. et al. (2010). The New Homelessness Revisited. Annual Review of Sociology, 1, 36: 501–


[AG1] Mago, V. et al. (2013). Analyzing the impact of social factors on homelessness: a Fuzzy

Cognitive Map approach. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making, 13, 94.

Nelson, G. (2010). Housing for people with serious mental illness: approaches, evidence and

transformative change. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, 37, 123-146.

Ravenhill, M. (2008). The culture of homelessness. Abingdon, Oxon: Ashgate Publishing Group

Tsai, J. & Rosenheck, R. (2015). Risk Factors for Homelessness among US Veterans.

Epidemiologic Review, 37, 177–195.

[AG1]Revisions needed to capitalization of reference titles. Refer to page 101 and page 200 of APA manual for examples. This website may also be helpful:

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