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Reviewed by Joe Wisinski for Readers' Favorite
Hope Disappearing: A Population Left Behind is a blueprint for helping to solve the problem of homelessness in the U.S. Author Sherman Haggerty has years of experience working with the homeless. Mostly the book focuses on an organization called the Mather Community Campus in Northern California, which was instrumental in getting many homeless people off the streets, away from the issues—such as drug abuse—that may have been a factor in their homelessness, and into housing and productive lives. Unfortunately, Mather Community Campus suffered from a lack of federal funding and, through no fault of its leadership, has been pushed into a less effective model. An important part of the book is the success stories from Mather Community Campus. Another vital section is Haggerty’s ideas for working to solve the problem of homelessness.
Kudos to Sherman Haggerty for writing Hope Disappearing: A Population Left Behind. This book fills an empty niche and was badly needed. Haggerty’s book is well researched and he states his positions passionately. The success stories are an uplifting and critically important part of the book and should enlighten anyone who thinks that it’s not possible to rescue people from homelessness. Anyone who is interested in the plight of the homeless or works with the homeless should read this book. I hope someone in a position of authority will listen to the book’s advice and follow up with the funding that’s needed to serve the homeless population. I admire Haggerty for passionately advocating for people who too many times receive no sympathy from others. I have worked on issues, such as HIV and drinking and driving, that many people aren’t interested in because they think the problems don’t directly affect them. I know the apathy that exists. Best wishes to Haggerty in his quest to assist our homeless population.