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Becoming and Remaining Homeless: the Disintegration of Social Links or Difficulties in Accessing Housing?


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  • Cécile Brousse


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    Compared to people living in ordinary housing, homeless people receiving benefits usually live alone and have low incomes. The majority is economically inactive, unemployed or in very low-skilled employment. Moreover, a number of them have gone through difficult experiences, such as immigration, separation, leaving home at a young age, or the death of a parent during childhood. Those people who used to be homeless but who are now living in ordinary housing do not differ greatly from the general population, and they have a similar family situation. The comparison of homeless people with people who live in similar housing conditions not only highlights the poor housing conditions of single people, with low levels of education and regularly unemployed, but also the over-representation of men and immigrants in the most atypical housing.

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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: 35-64

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

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

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    1. M. Marpsat, 1999. "Un avantage sous contrainte : le risque moindre pour les femmes de se trouver sans abri," Population (french edition), Institut National d'Études Démographiques (INED), Institut National d'Études Démographiques (INED), vol. 54(6), pages 885-932.
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