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

Evaluating a transitional spaces project

J. Casebourne

Working Brief, Oct. 2008, p. 8-10

There is a move-on crisis in the homelessness sector as there is insufficient social housing to alleviate the silt-up of hostels and other forms of supported housing. The charity Off the Streets and into Work has received a grant of 2.1m from the Treasury to develop a model to assist homeless people living in hostels or supported housing to enter sustainable employment as a route to maintaining a tenancy in the private rented sector.

Follow the leader

G. Corbett

Roof, Jan./Feb 2009, p. 32-33

The Scottish government's goal of giving everyone a right to a home by 2012 has placed it at the cutting edge of homelessness reform in Europe. Technically, the target says that by 2012 councils will have to assess all unintentionally homeless people as being in priority need. In effect, priority need will cease to exist as a rationing device and all applicants will be eligible for a permanent home. The consequences of this reform are that more homeless applicants are stuck in temporary accommodation and that a rising proportion of social housing is let to homeless households.

No fixed address

M. Gould

Health Service Journal, Feb. 12th 2008, p. 20-22

Many street homeless people suffer from mental illness, addiction and physical health problems. However primary healthcare provision for this population is patchy and there is no coherent national strategy. There is a growing clamour for provision of specialist health services for street and hostel dwelling homeless people because of the massive burden that they place on mainstream services.

Not going it alone: social integration and tenancy sustainability for formerly homeless substance users

G. Bowpitt and R. Harding

Social Policy and Society, vol. 8, 2009, p. 1-11

This article uses evidence from research on the work of a tenancy support team run by a housing association in a Midlands city to increase understanding of how different patterns of housing support contribute to long-term resettlement of formerly homeless substance users who live in independent accommodation. It explores two models of tenancy support: simple risk management and a restorative model which helps people rebuild their identity, self-worth, personal relationships and supportive social networks. Conclusions point to a need for broader training for tenancy support workers and funding levels that enable them to stay with their clients long enough to facilitate this fuller restoration.

Vive la resolution

S. Povey

Roof, Jan./Feb. 2009, p. 41

There is growing support in the UK for making the citizen's right to housing legally enforceable and the issue was considered by the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights in 2008. The DALO Act in France has already introduced legally enforceable rights to housing for three categories of citizen.

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