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Homeless Families in the Netherlands: Intervention Policies and Practices

posted Aug 11, 2011, 11:07 AM by Sergiu Baltatescu   [ updated Aug 25, 2011, 1:26 PM ]

Willlibrord de Graaf1, Lia van Doorn2, Raymond Kloppenburg& Catelijne Akkermans4

Journal of Social Research & Policy
Volume: 2, Issue: 1, pp. 5-17
Date: July 2011
ISSN: 2067-2640 (print), 2068-9861 (electronic)

Abstract: The demographics of the homeless population in many countries are currently shifting, and this cannot be explained by the different welfare systems to be found in these countries. Nevertheless, there is some evidence that the homelessness policies of some countries are converging, and we observe a combination of decentralisation, housing first, and a taylor-made, individualised approach. However, what is interesting is the question as to what extent these policies are based on a punitive dimension or on a justice dimension. This aspect is little discussed in the Netherlands where policies to combat homelessness are intended to put an end to public nuisance and to get the homeless off the street. Research into evicted families demonstrates that combining elements of (mild) coercion with efforts to solve homelessness leads to problems in at least three domains: the motivation of homeless families to accept help and support, the quality of life in the individualised approach, and the matter of registration. These problems need investigating, also from an international perspective. 

Keywords: Homeless Families; Homeless Policy; Decentralisation; Public Nuisance; Punishment and Justice 
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Sergiu Baltatescu,
Sep 7, 2011, 10:41 PM