What Do You Know About Systems Integration and Homelessness?

Deborah L. Dennis, Joseph J. Cocozza, and Henry J. Steadman

August 1999

Comprehensive systems of care to address the needs of homeless individuals have been called for by researchers and policymakers alike. This paper defines and differentiates systems and services integration, and examines specific strategies for each. A brief historical review of integration in other human services fields is provided. Findings from federal initiatives designed to encourage systems integration for people who are homeless are described and examples given. The paper concludes with suggestions for making systems integration work in practice and further recommendations for policy and research.

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