This paper describes the potential suitability of case study
methodology for inquiry with the homeless population. It
references a research study that uses case study research method
to build theory. This study’s topic is the lived experience of
destitute individuals who reside in homeless shelters, and
explores the homeless shelter built environment’s potential
influence on resident satisfaction and recovery. Case study
methodology may be appropriate because it explores real-life
contextual issues that characterize homelessness and can also
accommodate the wide range of homeless person demographics
that make this group difficult to study in a generalized fashion.
Further, case study method accommodates the need within
research in this area to understand individualized treatments as a
potential solution for homelessness.