Skip to Main Content

Housing, Health, Hunger & Help: Books and More

Information on shelters, food, medical and legal assistance for the homeless and housing insecure in the Greater Boston area.

Finding Articles

You can use the Boston Public Library's Online Resources page to research homelessness and related topics by exploring databases, newspapers, journals, electronic books, and more. Some keywords that you can use are:

  • Domestic Violence
  • Homelessness
  • Homeless shelter
  • Housing
  • Housing Insecurity
  • Hunger
  • Poverty
  • Recovery
  • Substance Use
  • Unemployment
  • Welfare

Please visit your closest branch location and sign up for a library card to access this material or to ask a librarian for assistance.

Learn about Homelessness and Poverty

Librarians at the Boston Public Library have compiled lists of books, films, and other resources that can help readers of all levels understand homelessness, hunger, and poverty in America. This page should have something for everyone, whether your goal is to read about experiences similar to your own, better understand the experiences of someone else, learn to talk about these issues, or find ways to take action.

Click through the tabbed boxes below to find resources at branches throughout the BPL system.

This list is by no means complete! If you believe that we omitted something, please let us know. You can recommend titles and the library will consider each suggestion!

Picture Books

Chapter Books

Goodreads has a great selection of reading lists dealing with poverty, homelessness, and related topics: