ElicetE made a really good point in a recent comment to the Nouveaux Pauvre posting.

I think the best thing anthropology can do is try to understand the problem.  If we can get to know the homeless community and understand their basic needs, maybe we can start finding solutions for them.

The question then becomes: How can anthropology do this?

Felicia Salcido’s recent posting on this subject illustrates one response that practicing or applied anthropologists can do to begin to answer these questions.

Does the past century of anthropology hold other secrects or applications we have not yet discussed?