Homeless Pages

A repository of research and publications on the subject of homelessness.

European Observatory on Homelessness

Research on the subject of homelessness and housing exclusion. The website can be searched for a number of documents, including statistical data, reviews of homelessness policies, European thematic reports, books, articles and the European Journal of Homelessness.

Housing support for homeless households: analysis of consultation findings

Report that presents the findings of a consultation carried out by the Scottish Government on 'Housing Support for Homeless Households' between January and April 2012.

Operation of the homeless persons legislation in Scotland: 2011-12

Bulletin that provides information on homelessness applications, assessments and outcomes to 31 March 2012. It includes information on the characteristics of applicant households, local authority assessments and the action taken in respect of cases that were concluded.

Snapshot data on households in temporary accommodation at 31 March 2012 are presented and notifications of households at risk of homelessness due to eviction/repossession.

Healthcare for the homeless: homelessness is bad for your health

Report that does not set out to provide solutions for tackling homelessness, but instead, focuses on addressing the complex health challenges of the homeless and identifying practical solutions for commissioners and providers to implement.

It provides policymakers, local decision makers, commissioners and providers of healthcare with an overview of these healthcare challenges. The focus of the report is on the dingle homeless, those who move between the streets and hostels.

Young, hidden and homeless

Briefing that outlines new analysis of a range of research into single homelessness amongst people aged 18-25. The study looks at people’s experiences of homelessness including the reasons why young people first become homeless; their housing histories and backgrounds as well as the vulnerabilities they face and lengths they go to in order to avoid the harsh reality of sleeping on the streets.

Improving hospital admission and discharge for people who are homeless

Report that draws together the direct experiences of clients and staff to provide an updated national picture of hospital admission and discharge practice for people who are homeless.

It identifies examples of effective working, as well as where improvements still need to be made. It builds on existing guidance on hospital admission and discharge to propose a set of standards which can be applied regardless of the specific models of practice in place.

Homelessness strategy for Northern Ireland 2012-2017

The Homelessness Strategy 2012-17 sets out our strategy for tackling homelessness over the next five years and establishes the guiding principles for the development and delivery of homelessness services.

The strategy aims to ensure:
• The risk of a person becoming homeless will be minimised through effective preventative measures.
• Through enhanced inter agency co-operation, services to the most vulnerable homeless households will be improved.

Single homeless people's experiences of the Work Capability Assessment

The aim of the study was to examine homeless people’s experiences of the Work Capability Assessment. The following data collection methods were used: A survey of Crisis’ service users and those of the member organisations of Crisis’ Welfare Network; and in-depth interviews with survey participants to write up case studies that illustrate people’s experiences of the assessment.

Making it matter: improving the health of young homeless people

Key findings of research that was carried out between May and October 2011 and in which more than 380 young people (16 – 25) participated. A health questionnaire was completed by about 130 young people from Depaul UK services, and by a control group of 200 young people from around the UK.

Four focus groups and 26 individual interviews with young people also took place. A group of young homeless people were trained in research skills and carried out research with their peers.