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Welfare Reform on the Web (August 2007): Homelessness - overseas

Implementing a social enterprise intervention with homeless, street-living youths in Los Angeles

K.M. Ferguson

Social Work, vol.52, 2007, p. 103-112

The social enterprise intervention model consists of a preventative intervention that aims to equip street-dwelling youths with the necessary vocational training, small business skills, mentorship, and health and mental health services to facilitate their involvement in income-generating activities as a replacement for their street survival strategies. The proposed model draws on principles of social development and is supported by evidence of existing social enterprises that have been successful in promoting economic and social self-sufficiency in vulnerable populations.

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