Date of Award


Degree Type

Open Access Thesis

Document Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Public Administration (MPA)



Department Name when Degree Awarded

Government and Economics

First Advisor

Kerem Ozan Kalkan

Department Affiliation

Government and Economics

Second Advisor

Randall D. Swain

Department Affiliation

Government and Economics


The present study will provide a review of the literature regarding social equity and a place within Public Administration. Social equity is a value that informs theory and practice. The manner in which value informs theory and practice will be included to provide a theoretical basis. Tensions between New Public Administration and the previous school of thought will be highlighted. A case study approach will be utilized in this discussion to investigate and analyze the issue of homelessness. The case study will be used to illustrate the gaps in terms of administrative response in alleviating homelessness for individuals and families, primarily supported by data specific to the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Best practices and or suggestions for policy and practice will be provided in conclusion.