Beyond the 'at risk' individual: Housing and the eradication of poverty to prevent homelessness

Parsell, Cameron and Marston, Greg (2012) Beyond the 'at risk' individual: Housing and the eradication of poverty to prevent homelessness. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 71 1: 33-44.


Author Parsell, Cameron
Marston, Greg
Title Beyond the 'at risk' individual: Housing and the eradication of poverty to prevent homelessness
Journal name Australian Journal of Public Administration   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0313-6647
1467-8500
Publication date 2012-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-8500.2012.00758.x
Volume 71
Issue 1
Start page 33
End page 44
Total pages 12
Place of publication Richmond VIC, Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract A prevention framework represents one of the fundamental means of the Australian Government's contemporary drive to achieve permanent reductions in homelessness. Consistent with prevailing policies in the UK and US, Australia has approached homelessness prevention through identification and early intervention of individuals ‘at risk’ of homelessness. In this article we suggest that prevention strategies focused on the risk factors that individual pose obscures efforts to address the underlying structural factors that contribute to homelessness, or to reduce the prevalence of homelessness at the overall population level. The article examines the efficacy of increasing the supply of affordable housing to prevent homelessness, but suggests that the provision of housing alone may be insufficient to realising related well-being objectives. In turn, it is proposed that policy which focuses on poverty reduction has the capacity to achieve the sustainable prevention of homelessness ambitions.
Keyword Prevention
Homelessness
Poverty
Affordable housing
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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