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Welfare Reform on the Web (August 2011): Homelessness - UK

False economy in health cuts

H. Mooney

Community Care, June 9th 2011, p. 22-23

Healthcare provision for homeless people in England is being cut despite increasing need. The 2011 annual survey of needs and provision among homelessness organisations run by Homeless Link found that while projects were seeing more people with physical, mental health, and substance misuse problems than before, their ability to meet those needs was declining. Homelessness agencies have traditionally accessed health services from the NHS and other external providers, but cuts in these have led many specialist services to develop in-house provision.

The role of social enterprises in tackling homelessness

M. Davies

Working Brief, Mar. 2011, p. 16-17

This article introduces the Single Homeless Enterprise Project (SHEP) at St Mungo's. SHEP provides an interesting insight into how social enterprise development has been successful in supporting people with overcoming homelessness and helping some into employment. Its main aim was to increase the employability of vulnerable and single homeless people through the development of a social enterprise offering painting and decorating services. SHEP also ran training programmes open to all people living in hostels, no matter how far from the labour market they were, that equipped them with the skills they needed to join the painting and decorating service.

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