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Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Loving Healing Press; 1st edition (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1615990267
  • ISBN-13: 978-1615990269
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 9.1 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,385,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jay S. Levy has spent the last twenty-five years working with individuals who experience homelessness. His latest publication is Pretreatment Guide for Homeless Outreach & Housing First: Helping Couples, Youth, and Unaccompanied Adults. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed book Homeless Narratives & Pretreatment Pathways: From Words to Housing and has published several journal articles and a well received monograph on the subject. He has helped to develop new housing first programs such as the Regional Engagement and Assessment for Chronically Homeless Housing First program (REACH). This was adopted by the Western Massachusetts Regional Network as an innovative approach toward reducing chronic homelessness and has also been integrated into the Pioneer Valley's 10-Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness.

Jay received his MSW degree in clinical social work from Columbia University in 1987. He has achieved formal recognition from the Commonwealth of MA Department of Mental Health for his ongoing efforts to help under-served homeless individuals through his direct service, clinical supervision of staff, and program development. Jay is currently employed by Eliot CHS-Homeless Services as a Regional Manager for the statewide SAMHSA-PATH Homeless Outreach Program and Eliot's Western MA Housing First Program.

Jay lives in Western MA with his wife Louise and his two children, Talia and Sara. He is also an avid stargazer. If you have any questions or thoughts that you would like to share with Jay, please feel free to email him at jlevy@eliotchs.org



More information is available at the following website:
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This is a 'must read' for anyone working in the field of housing the chronically homeless.
Dave Modzelewski
We will be using Jay Levy's book for training in all of our homeless programs and I would urge other providers of homeless services to do the same.
Linda Brown
The author explains his methods of keying into unique language usage in order to facilitate communication with the homeless.
D. Gilbert

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ordoabchao on July 7, 2011
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I work as a case manager for a large mens homeless shelter. This book is right on and bridges the gap between academic and actuality. It is an essential read for anyone working with the homeless community. It could be titled, "Homeless 101".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Gilbert on November 7, 2010
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In Homeless Narratives and Pretreatment Pathways, the author Jay Levy incorporates
his experience working with homeless people, his wisdom and treatment philosophy with touching narratives of homeless individuals. His narratives illustrate how to put the principles he espouses into action. I found this book to be both an inspiring work of nonfiction and a practical guide for people studying and working in the field. All of the principles the author espouses for building bridges between the homeless population and state resources are put forth in a logical, clear and concise manner, which makes the book easy to read and comprehend. The author explains his methods of keying into unique language usage in order to facilitate communication with the homeless. He brings fresh, keen philosophical insights to a complicated problem, bucking conventional wisdom in confronting homelessness and presenting cogent, practical solutions to improving the lives of homeless people. This book is an essential read for medical and social work professionals, as well as government policy makers who deal with issues of homelessness. It is also an enlightening book for anyone interested in learning more about the plight of the homeless.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Linda Brown on October 1, 2010
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Jay Levy has captured the essence of engagement through his use of languaging. His extensive history working with the chronic homeless population and the models he's developed to successfully bring some of the hardest to serve individuals from the streets into housing is clearly outlined in "Homeless Narratives..". I have been working with this same population for over 25 years and this is the first book that articulates my experiences with outreach and housing. We will be using Jay Levy's book for training in all of our homeless programs and I would urge other providers of homeless services to do the same. Jerry Ray
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dave Modzelewski on September 8, 2010
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This is a 'must read' for anyone working in the field of housing the chronically homeless. Jay Levy has established a guide for understanding this underserved and misunderstood population and provides a thoughtful and vividly clear set of strategies to help house the unhoused. Too often practioners of services to the mentally ill look to provide assistance under 'terms and conditions'. Mr. Levy helps establish a new approach. His "Homeless Narratives" provides a thoughtful and nuanced take on 'helping' and together with other comprehensive approaches to ending homelessness may be the answer to helping end this national scourge.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Savas Evsen on April 5, 2012
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Jay S. Levy, an outreach clinician who worked in New York City and Boston areas shares his precious and result oriented experiences with homeless people in this book. His book will guide professionals on practice and will add great experience for their field. In 2005, the fruits of the hard work became mature and a program called 'the REACH Housing First Program' was established with the support of Boston Area Commonwealth to reach the under-served population by changing the eligibility criteria. And the author of the book shares this great experience with readers who will highly benefit for their sector. Engagement strategies and development of a common language are key topics to read. These experiences are immeasurable with time or money,a highly reccommended book for the people who work with homeless people.
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