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A Hidden Form of Poverty: People With Housing Who Use Hot Meal Distribution Services


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  • Maryse Marpsat


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    The survey of the people who frequently use homeless shelters or hot meal distribution services reveals that people with housing also use the hot meal distribution service. Some of these people used to be homeless and although they have found housing, they have not been able to escape poverty. A physical or mental handicap could be the reason for their poverty, making it more difficult for them to enter, or removing them completely from, the labour market. This was the situation of many of the people interviewed, for example, the construction workers who had had industrial accidents and had sometimes not declared them. Yet, once their handicap is declared, they are guaranteed relative protection and a regular, although low, income, preventing them from becoming homeless. Despite their higher incomes, generally from the receipt of benefits, these people, who are often elderly, live in isolation.

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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: 65-84

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

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    Keywords: Homeless; Poverty; Meal Dispensing;

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    1. Jean-Marie Firdion, 2006. "Influence des événements de jeunesse et héritage social au sein de la population des utilisateurs des services d'aide aux sans-domicile," Économie et Statistique, Programme National Persée, Programme National Persée, vol. 391(1), pages 85-114.
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