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Welfare Reform on the Web (April 2010): Homelessness - overseas

In from the cold

K. Griffin

Roof, Mar./Apr. 2010, p. 36-37

At least 100,000 people are known to be roofless in France. An estimated 3.5 million people are in temporary accommodation or very poor quality housing. In order to tackle the problem, the Sarkozy government has introduced a new law that gives a statutory right to shelter to every citizen and enables them to petition the state to enforce that right. However, a homeless person seeking to work their way through the system confronts a bureaucratic nightmare.

Moving out, moving on: young people's pathways in and through homelessness

S. Mallett and others

London: Routledge, 2010

Based on rich interview data drawn from a large scale longitudinal study of homeless young people, this book examines the personal, familial and structural factors that impact on their long-term outcomes. While telling the personal stories of young people's experiences, the book refers to the wider research and policy literature on youth homelessness, engaging with key debates about the causes and meanings of homelessness in western societies. The book addresses important issues such as employment and education, engagement with services, social support, connection to family and friends, as well as personal factors including physical and mental health, sexual practices and drug use. Homeless young people are typically portrayed as leading chaotic, risky lives, trapped in a downward spiral of drug use, mental and other health problems, and long-term homelessness. By giving voice to young homeless people, this book challenges this stereotype and demonstrates young people's capacity to move out of homelessness and make satisfactory lives for themselves.

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