When a house is not a home: Exploring the meaning of shelter among chronically homeless older men

Christopher J. Elias, Thomas S. Inui

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Abstract

This study explored the world of 35 chronically homeless older men in downtown Seattle, with special attention to their experience of shelter and its effect on health-seeking behavior. We found that their experience of shelter is intertwined with their perceptions of self and use of alcohol. For many, the public shelter provides safety, support, community, and a opportunity to regain sobriety — attributes of shelter often unattainable in single-room occupancy hotels — but only temporarily.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)396-402
Number of pages7
JournalGerontologist
Volume33
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1993
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Alcohol use
  • Health behavior
  • Health belief
  • Health care access

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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