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Welfare Reform on the Web (February 2006): Homelessness - Overseas

A study of the structural risk factors of homelessness in 52 metropolitan areas in the United States

E.-G. Ji

International Social Work, vol.49, 2006, p.107-117

This study used multiple regression to estimate the effects of poverty, lack of affordable housing, economic conditions and access to social security benefits on homelessness. Results showed that poverty had a significant independent effect on the rates of homelessness in the study areas. In order to reduce homelessness, policymakers will need to tackle poverty by : 1) raising the minimum wage; 2) increasing the level of cash benefits; and 3) providing multi-level interventions that include cash assistance, affordable health and child care, job training, and subsidised housing.

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