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Welfare Reform on the Web (February 2009): Homelessness - overseas

Evaluation of the signalling and referral system for households at risk of eviction in Amsterdam

I. van Laere, M. de Wit and N. Klazinga

Health and Social Care in the Community, vol. 17, 2009, p. 1-8

In order to prevent homelessness, it is essential that early indicators of risk of eviction are recognised and tailored assistance provided in response. The city of Amsterdam has two separate assistance networks that work to prevent evictions on grounds of rent arrears and housing-related nuisance. This article aims to evaluate their functioning. It is concluded that, to prevent evictions, housing associations should conduct more home visits to identify underlying problems, and should refer more households for medical assistance. Nuisance control care networks should refer more households to social assistance.

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