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Counting All Homelessness in Europe: The Case for Ending Separate Enumeration of ‘Hidden Homelessness’

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JournalEuropean Journal of Homelessness
DatePublished - 1 Oct 2020
Issue number3
Number of pages27
Pages (from-to)35-62
Original languageEnglish


This paper explores the challenges around the measurement of all homelessness in Europe. The paper begins by reviewing challenges in relation to definition and measurement and moves on to consider the political and ethical dimensions of measuring homelessness that occurs within housing. The paper concludes by proposing new definitions, including dropping the term ‘hidden homelessness’, and advocates properly resourced and directed social research. It is argued that physical-legal definitions have proven unsat- isfactory in the face of evidence about the importance of the psychological and emotional dynamics around the meaning of home, and that there are ethical questions around imposing categorisations of homelessness on popu- lations who might not see themselves or their situation in such terms. However, while it is argued that there is a need to acknowledge these challenges, there is also an imperative to create a concise, practical and measurable European definition of homelessness.

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  • Homelessness, enumeration

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