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Welfare Reform on the Web (April 2008): Homelessness - UK

The hidden needs of long-term hostel residents

S. Gorton

Housing, Care and Support, vol. 10, Dec. 2007, p. 29-34

Older homeless people tend to fall between two stools, with their needs picked up neither by local authority homelessness strategies nor in planning for older people. Some end up living in hostels long-term, where they become virtually invisible while taking up beds needed for rough sleepers. This article presents data collected by four local authorities plus one additional hostel on their older homeless population and its support needs. It calls for improved partnership working between homelessness, health and social services and housing providers to enable these people to move from hostels into more suitable permanent accommodation.

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