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AbstractA survey of the people who frequently use homeless shelters or hot meal distribution services ended with a deliberately vague question in order to give the homeless the rare opportunity to make their opinions heard. Half of the homeless people surveyed seized this chance. One fifth of those surveyed talked about the survey itself, to rate its quality, but also to criticise it. A third focused on their difficulties in finding housing and/or work One fifth used the opportunity to give their opinion about homeless shelters. One in ten criticized the support services in general or directly criticised the support workers they had had contact with, such as social workers. The responses to this final question not only suggest new ways in which such questionnaires could be improved, but also report on the persistent problems which people without official documents, couples, families and even young people face.
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Bibliographic InfoArticle 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)
Homeless; Poverty; Lexicography; Interview; Discourse;
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