The Causes of Homelessness Among Older People in England

The Causes of Homelessness Among Older People in England

A comparative study of the causes of new episodes of homelessness among people aged 50 years and over has been undertaken in Boston, Massachusetts, Melbourne, Australia and four English cities. This paper presents the findings from England, where information was collected from 131 respondents and their key-workers about the circumstances and problems that contributed to homelessness. Two-thirds of the respondents had never been homeless before. The many reasons why they became homeless involved interactions between personal disadvantages and weaknesses, negative events and inadequate welfare support services. For some, their behaviour rather than external factors triggered homelessness. Other cases involved deficiencies with the administration of services and social security payments, the failure or limitations of agencies to detect and respond effectively to vulnerability, and poor collaboration or information co-ordination among housing providers and welfare agencies. (abstract from http://www.informaworld.com)

JOURNAL: Housing Studies
VOLUME: 21
ISSUE: 3
PAGES: 401-421
PUBLICATION DATE: 2006
LOCATION: London