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A Segmented Homeless Support Network


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  • Cécile Brousse


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    Homeless shelters and hot meal distribution services, which are concentrated in large cities, welcome close to 55,000 homeless people per day during winter. Whilst one in ten homeless people sleep rough or in shanty housing, the large majority is housed by local government or charities. This group of homeless people is diverse. In order to accommodate these people in their diversity, the homeless housing sector is segmented. Homeless shelters accessible throughout the day, hotel accommodation, independent dwellings and work communities are favoured over collective shelters which are closed during the day to residents. The accommodation centres which offer the best services select their residents according to their financial means and family situation. Therefore, people living alone with low incomes have little chance of receiving a personalised accommodation service, with the centres favouring people who live with their partner and/or children or those with the financial means to pay for the services.

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    Article provided by Institut National de la Statistique et des Etudes Economiques in its journal Economie et Statistique.

    Volume (Year): 391-392 (2006)
    Issue (Month): (October)
    Pages: 15-34

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    Handle: RePEc:crs:ecosta:es391-392b

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    Keywords: Homeless; Poverty; Housing Conditions; Income Distribution;

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