Disrupting Homelessness: Alternative Christian Approaches

by Laura Stivers. Fortress Press, 2011.


This book looks at the structural causes of homelessness, examining the two common Christian responses and offering an alternative solution for a more compassionate society.


history of homelessness, Christian response models, ideologies about homelessness, structural causes of homelessness

Recommended Audience

Clergy and lay leaders


Purchase as a book or e-book

Practical Applications

  • Explore ethical questions about service and justice as they relate to homelessness by using the discussion questions provided.
  • Use this resource to provide background knowledge on the topic of homelessness before attempting to form programs that address the issue.

About the Contributor

Melissa Spas

Melissa Spas is the managing director of the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving, where she develops and leads educational programs and partnerships with religious organizations and the people who lead them. She has also worked for leadership education at Duke Divinity, where she contributed to the development, design, and delivery of strategic leadership programs and resources for Christian institutions. 

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