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Welfare Reform on the Web (May 2002): Homelessness - Overseas

WHEN HOMELESS PEOPLE ARE ALLOWED TO DECIDE BY THEMSELVES: REHOUSING HOMELESS PEOPLE IN GERMANY

V. Busch-Geertsema

European Journal of Social Work, vol. 5, 2002, p. 5-19

Several surveys of homeless people in Germany and evaluation results of studies in other European countries show that a majority of single homeless people want to live in normal self-contained housing. Research in the UK and Germany also proves that most homeless single people with special difficulties and rough sleepers manage to sustain a normal tenancy, when additional social support is provided for those who need it.

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