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Homelessness in Borås - Individual and structural factors.: Nordic Network on Homelessness Research, Konference in Oslo, October 2004
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8158-0486
2004 (English)Conference paper, (Other scientific)
Abstract [en]

The paper reports from an inventory of homelessness in Borås and analyses this from structural as well as individual factors. The tenancy market, the municipal policies on homelessness as well as the specific services to the homeless were researched by means of interviews, statistics and municipal documents. The number of persons known by the social services to be homeless, who they are, what characterize their backgrounds and situations, were researched through structured questionnaires to social services and through studies of records. The tenancy reserve shrank dramatically in later years, while at the same time the municipal-owned tenancy companies sharpened their demands on those accepted to become tenants. The study shows that there are 203 homeless persons in Borås and that 150 of these are receiving some form of municipal services for the homeless, while 53 are lacking such services. This means a rate of 21 homeless per 10 000 inhabitants. Most of the homeless suffer from a load of other problems, such as economic depths, emotional/psychiatric problems and substance misuse. Despite that they are receiving services for these specific problems to a very low degree. At the same time there are about 15 percent of the homeless who do not have these other problems. This group of homeless persons emerges usually only in places with structural problems on the tenancy market. In conclusion, the municipal perspective on the homelessness problem was to a large extent to view them as individual problems, not as structural problems. At the same time these individual problems were not dealt with by services focusing these problems. This lack of services among helping organizations may also be seen as a structural problem.

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2004.
Keyword [en]
Homeless, tenency market, substance misuse, psychiatric, municipal interventions
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-4936Local ID: 2654OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-4936DiVA: diva2:29968
Available from: 2008-09-30 Created: 2008-09-30Bibliographically approved

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