Is Homelessness a choice?
Graham Bowpitt, Reader in Social Policy at Nottingham Trent University and our External Evaluator, has recently written two articles on homelessness. The first article challenges the notion that homelessness is a choice, and the second considers how Politicians can help to ensure people do not die on the streets.
In considering the idea of homelessness as a choice, Graham argues that austerity measures in recent years mean that people have minimal options when faced with life on the streets. Our recent report, Persistent Rough Sleeping in Nottingham considers nine key trends that contribute to persistent rough sleeping, and 'lack of options' is identified as having a key part to play. The article also considers the increased complex needs of those experiencing homelessness, with mental distress acknowledged as a factor. The article can be read in full here.
In his second article, Graham questions Homelessness legislation, and the potential barriers as opposed to solutions that current legislation may create. He also refers to research within Nottingham, noting that certain groups of homeless people are even more at risk, with their needs increasing and becoming more complex. The article can be read in full here.
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