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Welfare Reform on the Web (November 2002): Homelessness - UK

500 HOMES BOUGHT FOR B&B FAMILIES

A. Frean

Times, Sept. 13th 2002, p. 12

The London and Quadrant Housing Trust is to buy 500 houses on the open market for letting to homeless families. Tenants will pay an affordable rent for the homes to their local councils, which will lease them from the trust. After 10 years, the trust will be free to sell them.

COUNCILS OUTLINE SPENDING PLANS FOLLOWING HOMELESSNESS GRANT

A. U. Sale

Community Care, Aug. 15th - 21st 2002, p. 18-19

The Homelessness Act 2002 has expanded the categories of homeless people considered to be in priority need to include young people leaving care, victims of violence, 16- and 17- year-olds, and people leaving institutions. Article describes a range of schemes being set up by councils to meet this extra demand.

'EXPLOSION' IN BLACK AND ASIAN HOMELESS

J. Vasager

Guardian, Sept. 4th 2002, p. 10

A rise in the numbers of homeless Asian and black people is being reported. Their rising population and increasing family breakdown are to blame.

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THE MENTAL HEALTH NEEDS OF HOMELESS YOUNG PEOPLE

J. Stephens

London: Mental Health Foundation, 2002

Calls for more preventive measures to be taken to address the mental health needs of homeless young people living on the streets or in short term accommodation. Proposes the establishment of a national service framework for children and young people's mental health and argues that early and proactive services are essential, along with multiple intense support services. The provision of secure and flexible accommodation would have a therapeutic effect, and supported housing is crucial. Workers are also advised to listen to the experiences of young homeless people with poor mental health.

RAISING THE ROOF

J. Trueland

Health Service Journal, vol. 112, Sept. 5th 2002, p. 8-9

Discusses progress in prioritising and improving health services for homeless people in Scotland.

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