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Welfare Reform on the Web (February 2004): Homelessness - UK

BUILDING BRIDGES FOR FAMILIES WHO HAVE NO HOME OF THEIR OWN

R. Bayley

Family Today, Issue 9, 2003, p.14-16

In order to avoid subsequent tenancy failure, Leicester's multi-agency homelessness team focuses on improving family functioning and parenting skills.

CAN A HEALTH ADVOCATE FOR HOMELESS FAMILIES REDUCE THE WORKLOAD FOR THE PRIMARY CARE HEALTH TEAM? A CONTROLLED TRIAL

S. Reilly and others

Health and Social Care in the Community, vol.12, 2004, p.53-62

A controlled trial was designed to measure the effectiveness of a health advocacy worker's casework with homeless families in temporary accommodation in Liverpool. Homeless patients registering at an inner city health centre were allocated in alternating periods to health advocacy (with or without outreach registration) or "usual care" over a total intake period of three years. Homeless adults who were proactively registered by the health advocate on outreach visits to hostels made significantly less use of health centre resources, whilst having more contact with the health advocate than patients who registered at the health centre in time of need. There was no reduction in health centre use when the offer of advocacy was made after registration.

HOMELESSNESS STRATEGIES: IDENTIFYING NEED AMONG MINORITY COMMUNITIES

J. Siedlecka

Roof, Jan./Feb. 2004, p. 29-32

Hackney Council has engaged with its diverse communities by recently employing Faith Regen UK Ltd to conduct a survey of housing need among them. The article also looks at other examples of projects set up to meet the housing needs of minority groups which predate the Homelessness Act.

A SORE POINT

S. Povey

Roof, Nov./Dec. 2003, p.33

The article explores why very few people are appealing against the rejection of their homelessness applications by local authorities. This may be due to ignorance of the grounds for challenge, or because they have to deal with more pressing problems like finding a place to sleep.

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