Preventing Family Homelessness: Evidence from Service Provision in Greece

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Traditionally Greece demonstrated high rates of homeownership and low levels of social rented housing. Housing represented one of the key resources of family asset-based social security in an otherwise highly fragmented social security system. The eruption of the sovereign debt crisis led to the demise of traditional ‘middle class jobs’, growing job insecurity, and families often being in debt, predominantly on housing and personal loans, making the position of many families uncertain and at worst insecure. The article presents findings from a two-year project which explored both the immediate and longer-term outcomes for families who received support from a pilot Family Support Service, designed to prevent housing insecurity and potential homelessness. We present evidence on housing conditions, debt repayment and management, employment, poverty and well-being. We conclude with a reflection of the Greek housing and social policy responses in the aftermath of the sovereign debt crisis and by contextualising our results within the wider European context.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-148
Number of pages20
JournalΚοινωνική Πολιτική (Social Policy - Hellenic Social Policy Association)
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2021

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  • Homelessness
  • Greece

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