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Free from homelessness: Is "Housing first" the solution?: A comparison across time between homeless clients who have acquired a home of their own and a control group
Stad, Centre for Psychiatry Research, Karolinska Institutet.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1203-9872
2016 (English)In: International archives of addicition research and medicine, ISSN 2474-3631, Vol. 2, no 1, p. 1-6Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Introduction: Homelessness is as large political question globally as it is in Sweden with a growing number of homeless. “Housing First” is a municipality based program aiming to offer stable and enduring housing to homeless people immediately. This model was imported to Sweden and was tried in Stockholm and Helsingborg, a provincial town in the southwest of Sweden. This prevailing study is to test the feasibility of making longitudinal studies on homeless individuals.

Method: A longitudinal study using repeated measures of selfreports on questionnaires.

Result: This study report results from baseline and a 24 month follow-up of the program compared to a treatment-as-usual control group. It was shown that although the former homeless in the Housing First group perceived an increased housing normality and empowerment there were no significant differences between groups across time.

Conclusion: Although individuals living in a Housing First apartment tended to have a more normal way to live they seem to not improve psychologically. However some problems that is connected to longitudinal research on the homeless was detected. Since Housing First is a program consisting of housing and support the effect is dependent on both. The null result in this study was discussed as a consequence of foremost insufficient support in housing.

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2016. Vol. 2, no 1, p. 1-6
Keywords [en]
Housing first, Homelessness, Homeless, Seden, Controlled design, 2 year follow-up, Empowerment
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-17662OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-17662DiVA, id: diva2:575904
Available from: 2012-12-11 Created: 2012-12-11 Last updated: 2016-12-09Bibliographically approved

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