Against the premise that Prevention of homelessness through housing measures is ineffective and expensive

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Presentation given by Rina Beers, Federatie Opvang, Netherlands at a FEANTSA conference on "People who are homeless can be housed:
An insight into successful practices from across Europe", Cardiff, Wales, 2008

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Against the premise that Prevention of homelessness through housing measures is ineffective and expensive

  1. 1. Why waste money on prevention of homelessness?Premise:• Prevention of homelessness through housing measures is ineffective and expensive… Rina Beers, Federatie Opvang, Netherlands
  2. 2. Which measures are proven effective? Are housing subsidies effective in preventing homelessness? Is affordable housing preventing homelessness? Is availability of housing preventing homelessness?
  3. 3. It is a choice! Measures which are proven to be effective and expensive (adressing structural causes of homelessness): Minimum income, health insurance, employment and training opportunities, minimum wage Social housing, social benefits, social welfare
  4. 4. Penny wise, pound foolish• Measures which are proven to be ineffective and expensive:• Investing in emergency shelters, emergency medical care, emergency transportation, and prisons• Investing in short term and temporary solutions such as food banks and night or winter shelters
  5. 5. Effective and less expensive preventative measures?• Stabilization (assistance paying rent arrears or outstanding utility bills, at a cost of perhaps $500 to $1,000 per case),• Relocation grants (first and last month’s rent and security deposit, at a cost of approximately $3,000), to transitional rent subsidies of varying duration (6–24 months)..• Services ranging from assessment and referral only, to employment training and placement, to intensive case management services, depending on the characteristics of the family or individual.• This all being cheaper than offering medium or long term shelter• (from: Rearranging the deck chairs, prof Dennis Culhane)
  6. 6. Solutions which are ineffective and inexpensive:
  7. 7.  Measures which are effective and cheap: ?

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