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

M. Blid and A. Gerdner

International Journal of Social Welfare, vol.15, 2006, p.162-171

In Sweden, “special category housing”, which has been described as institution-like accommodation with permanent housing support, is offered to vulnerable groups of homeless people such as those with severe substance misuse or mental health problems. This article combines data from evaluation studies of two special category housing programmes conducted in 1999 and 2000. The evaluation shows that special category housing has positive direct effects on the residents’ housing stability and sense of quality of life. However residents are not provided with any support to deal with their substance misuse problems, and are segregated from mainstream society.

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