Approaches to Homelessness Policy in Europe, the United States and Australia

Minnery, John and Greenhalgh, Emma (2007) Approaches to Homelessness Policy in Europe, the United States and Australia. Journal of Social Issues, 63 3: 641-655. doi:10.1111/j.1540-4560.2007.00528.x

Author Minnery, John
Greenhalgh, Emma
Title Approaches to Homelessness Policy in Europe, the United States and Australia
Journal name Journal of Social Issues   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0022-4537
Publication date 2007-09
Year available 2007
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1540-4560.2007.00528.x
Volume 63
Issue 3
Start page 641
End page 655
Total pages 15
Editor Hoyle, R.H.
Place of publication Washington, DC
Publisher The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues
Collection year 2008
Language eng
Subject 370203 Social Policy
750399 Community services not elsewhere classified
Abstract Workable and effective policies addressing homelessness need to be based on a clear definition of homelessness. This overview of recent policies in the European Union, the U.S., and Australia shows that, even at the very basic level of being able to define and enumerate the homeless, policy approaches are extremely variable. Research indicates the growing significance of the "new homeless," consisting of families, women, and children. Homelessness also needs to be seen as something dynamic that may involve movement into and out of housing and other supports over time. Older policies that address only limited kinds of homelessness and which do not recognize the dynamics involved are likely to be less effective. "Good practice" policy incorporates these changing understandings of homelessness by addressing the housing, psychological and social needs of the homeless, as well as integrating across programs and increasing independence through capacity building.
Keyword homelessness
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

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