It is the contention of this book that, while the influences on homelessness policy are complex and vary between time periods, there are several factors that have consistently had a strong bearing on policy. The first of these factors, the favoured explanation for homelessness, is complicated by the tendency to view homeless people with dependent children and single homeless people differently. The level of demand for social rented housing varies considerably between geographical areas and is one of the factors that lead to differences in local responses to homelessness. Different types of prevention service may appeal to policy makers under different circumstances.
SOURCE: Harding J. “Key Themes in Post-War Homelessness. In: Post-War Homelessness Policy in the UK.” Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, 15 August 2019.
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