Research and data about poverty, housing and homelessness

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Hope sees homelessness as directly arising from poverty and as the most acute experience of poverty. Homelessness needs to be understood within the broader structural context of poverty rather than seen as a personal or moral failing, and understood as a result of wider policy on housing.

For clear definitions of what poverty in the UK means, read:

"Homelessness takes many forms. Rough sleeping can be a shockingly visible. But many peoples experiences of homelessness are out of view in derelict buildings, squats or sofa surfing. Then there are those living in hostels, night shelters or temporary accommodation" - Homeless Link 2010

Click here more further information on homelessness.

Click here for references about social housing

Click here for selected academic references on poverty and homelessness, and what works in tackling these problems, including those services Hope offers, day centres, food provision and social enterprise.

Click here for a study of the contribution of occupational therapy to tackling homelessness