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

Normality or care: an inventory of Swedish municipalities' responses to unstable accommodation for vulnerable groups

M. Blid

European Journal of Social Work, vol. 11, 2008, p. 397-413

Local authorities in Sweden are responsible for implementing policies and making interventions to prevent homelessness. There are different models of intervention, based on various assumptions concerning the need for normality or care. This article presents an inventory of housing interventions provided to homeless or insecurely housed people in 147 rural and urban municipalities in Sweden. The interventions are compared in relation to the levels of normality and care, meaning the degree to which the interventions resemble normal housing, and to which they include professional care and rehabilitation. Results show that two types of intervention dominate: daily life support before a client is evicted and sublet contracts through social services with low levels of care once a client has become homeless.

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