Complex Needs and Housing First

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This chapter explores the often controversial and often distorted picture of the interrelationship between homelessness and complex needs, focusing on the ways in which ideological imagery and quasi-fictional narratives have influenced strategic and service responses to homelessness. This chapter also explores the ways in which these images and narratives have gradually been replaced by more robust, data- driven understanding of homelessness, which has led to an innovative and effective practice in the form of integrated, housing-led service models and strategies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of Homelessness
EditorsJoanne Bretherton, Nicholas Pleace
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781351113113
Publication statusPublished - 22 May 2023

Publication series

NameRoutledge Handbooks


  • Homelessness
  • complex needs
  • Housing First

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