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Welfare Reform on the Web (August 2006): Homelessness - UK

More than a place to stay

G. Lemos

Community Care, June 29th-July 5th 2006, p.34-35

Many single people living in temporary supported housing who have been homeless want to build up their self-esteem and strengthen their sense of positive identity as well as acquiring independent living skills. Forming lasting one-to-one relationships and re-connecting with family and friends are also profound needs. This article suggests new ways of working with vulnerable people to meet these social and emotional needs.

Own goal?

S. Ali

Roof, July/Aug. 2006, p.10-11

Government has set local housing authorities the target of halving the number of homeless households in temporary accommodation by 2010. The obvious solution for councils is to place more households in private rented accommodation. As private rents are much higher than those for social housing, families may be forced into poverty and benefit dependency. Councils will also need more resources from government to fund rent deposit schemes.

Vulnerability to homelessness, use of services and homelessness prevention in black and minority ethnic communities

G. Netto

Housing Studies, vol.21, 2006, p.581-601

Analysis of factors contributing to black and minority ethnic homelessness illustrates that, while individuals face many of he same problems as the majority population, including financial difficulties, unemployment and lack of affordable housing, their experience is distinctive in many respects. Vulnerability to homelessness can be exacerbated by discriminatory social housing allocation policies, tenuous shared living arrangements with members of the extended family, intergenerational conflict, and overcrowding. Barriers to accessing mainstream services include lack of information about housing options and rights, language and literacy issues, lack of familiarity with the system and institutional discrimination. In he light of these barriers there is a strong case for resourcing voluntary organisations to offer culturally appropriate services in partnership with mainstream services.

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