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1743

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This paper builds on prior studies on homelessness which make the case for and incorporate its spatial dimension. Homelessness has been a significant subject of interest to researchers, policy makers, politicians, government entities, non-profit organization, and numerous other stakeholders for decades now. The persistence of homelessness in the United States despite the existence of supportive resources and services calls for a deeper understanding of the accessibility of those services and resources in order to better understand why homelessness still exists here in this day and age. This paper builds out a spatial accessibility index of resources and services (SAIRS) that can help the homeless. The SAIRS index is inspired by, and an adaptation of the Social Vulnerability Index (SoVI) first developed to determine the social vulnerability of people in different parts of the United States to environmental hazards. Unlike the SoVI, the SAIRS index is being built for homeless individuals.

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Spatial Accessibility of Resources and Services for the Homeless

This paper builds on prior studies on homelessness which make the case for and incorporate its spatial dimension. Homelessness has been a significant subject of interest to researchers, policy makers, politicians, government entities, non-profit organization, and numerous other stakeholders for decades now. The persistence of homelessness in the United States despite the existence of supportive resources and services calls for a deeper understanding of the accessibility of those services and resources in order to better understand why homelessness still exists here in this day and age. This paper builds out a spatial accessibility index of resources and services (SAIRS) that can help the homeless. The SAIRS index is inspired by, and an adaptation of the Social Vulnerability Index (SoVI) first developed to determine the social vulnerability of people in different parts of the United States to environmental hazards. Unlike the SoVI, the SAIRS index is being built for homeless individuals.

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