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Welfare Reform on the Web (May 2000): Homelessness - UK

HOMELESSNESS: EXPLORING THE NEW TERRAIN

P. Kennett and A. Marsh (editors))

Bristol: Policy Press, 1999

From a variety of theoretical positions, book seeks to explore the notion that a new set of risks and uncertainties have emerged that lead to homelessness. Contributors look at homelessness from a broad range of perspectives, including race, citizenship, social exclusion, gender and age. Also looks at issues of policing, multi-agency working, rural homelessness and legislative frameworks.

UNSAFE STREETS: STREET HOMELESSNESS AND CRIME

S. Ballintyne

London: Institute for Public Policy Research, 1999

Rough sleepers face high levels of victimisation and abuse, with some 63% of violent acts inflicted on them coming from the public. Police contact with rough sleepers is confined to arresting them for relatively minor offences, processing them through the criminal justice system and releasing them back onto the streets. Points to the need for public authorities, police and street homelessness agencies to work together to reintegrate rough sleepers into mainstream society. Calls for a pilot scheme of 'safe havens' where rough sleepers can go without being victimised and which guarantee regular access to food and laundry.

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