Better than Cure? Testing the case for Enhancing Prevention of Single Homelessness in England

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Publication details

DatePublished - 25 Oct 2016
Number of pages64
Place of PublicationLondon
Original languageEnglish
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-78519-032-2


This exploratory study examined patterns of service use over 90 days, among 86 single homeless people in England, to estimate the financial costs of homelessness for central and local government. In line with the results from international research, the findings indicate that significant public expenditure is occurring as a direct and indirect consequence of homelessness. The research indicates that a renewed emphasis on preventing and rapidly ending homelessness, is likely to lead to a better use of public money and, crucially, could help reduce the many human costs of homelessness.

Research outputs



  • Research results reported on the costs of homelessness (The Times)


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