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Welfare Reform on the Web (March 2000): Homelessness - UK

5,000 BEDS TO EASE PLIGHT OF HOMELESS

C. Norton

Independent, Dec. 16th 1999, p.2

Announces a new government initiative to help the homeless through the provision of 5,000 new beds in England, and the training of 60 specialists to help rough sleepers with drug, alcohol or mental health problems.

(See also Times, Dec. 16th 1999, p.8: Daily Telegraph, Dec. 16th 1999, p.4: Guardian, Dec.)

ACTION SQUADS TO TACKLE HOMELESS

M. Woolf

Daily Telegraph, Nov. 18th 1999, p.2

Reports that a network of emergency response squads comprising psychiatric nurses, medics and youth workers is to be set up to remove homeless people from the streets. The squads will have emergency access to psychiatric or hospital beds and secure refuges for teenagers at risk. The government also plans to alert councils to little-used vagrancy laws to force to unco-operative homeless people into accommodation.

A FUTURE FORETOLD : NEW APPROACHES TO MEETING THE LONG-TERM NEEDS OF SINGLE HOMELESS PEOPLE

G. Lemos

London: Crisis, 1999

Under the proposals presented in this report, local authorities should ensure that single homeless people are housed. Homeless people would receive professional multiagency support to tackle drug or alcohol problems, mental health problems or abuse. Family mediation services, mentoring and befriending services should be available in all the main towns and cities. Finally, virtual vouchers should be given to single homeless people enabling them to gain access to social housing anywhere in the country.

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