Tamara Walsh; The Federation Press, 2011; 291pp; $49.95 (paperback)
What is the impact of the law on homelessness? Or more bluntly, why worry about the law at all when people are sleeping in cars or begging on the street? Surely we should be far more concerned about pressing questions such as access to housing and services.
Tamara Walsh answers these questions unequivocally in her book Homelessness and the Law. The law has an integral role to play in the lives of people who are homeless. Walsh addresses the way in which the law can have a disproportionate impact on this group of people who are often extremely disadvantaged. She pays particular attention to failures to sustain tenancies and prevent evictions, punitive social security systems and public space offences which unfairly affect people with nowhere else to go.