Homeless: Policies, Strategies, and Lives on the Street

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Psychology Press, 1996 - Social Science - 293 pages
The causes of homelessness are disputed by both Right and Left. But, few would argue that life on the streets is anything other than dangerous and debilitating.
Unemployment, deinstitutionalisation, abuse in the home are among the stories the homeless tell. Voluntary organisations point to the failure of emergency shelters and food banks, the cut-backs in social programmes and the severe shortage of affordable housing. On the international scale, the changing global system has placed new demands on the economies of Europe and north America which have impacted on resources, employment and even political will.
This book is the first comprehensive international study of homelessness. The author argues that the category of the homeless must itself be broadened, to encompass those chronically without shelter to those in immediate risk of dispossession, if homelessness is to be tackled effectively (before and after it happens) by public policy, voluntary organisations and the individuals themselves.
 

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Contents

POVERTY AND THE POLITICS OF DISTRIBUTION IN BRITAIN
27
The links between immigration and homelessness in Western Europe
89
The human dimensions of homelessness
109
Responses by government and the voluntary sector
163
CHANGING VIEWS OF CHARITY
192
ARCHITECTURE OF OPPORTUNITY
210
RECOMMENDATIONS
238
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Gerald Daly is Professor in the Faculty of environmental Studies at York University, Canada. He has worked with housing agencies and non-profit groups and has published widely on housing, homelessness and comparative planning.

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