Statutory homelessness in England: the experience of families and 16-17 year olds

Nicholas Pleace, Suzanne Fitzpatrick, Sarah Johnsen, Deborah Jayne Quilgars, Diana Sanderson

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The research involved a nationally representative survey, covering 2,000 adults in homeless families and 500 children aged eight and above within those families. Using a specially developed sampling methodology, the survey draws a representative sample of homeless families over the course of a six month 'time window'. The research also involved two further surveys. The first is a survey of 500 lone homeless 16-17 year-olds. The second is a survey of 500 families and lone 16-17 year-olds who have been in temporary accommodation for six months or more. These two surveys provide information on a group of vulnerable young homeless people who would ordinarily still be living in the family home and detailed information on the effects of households of staying in what may be unsuitable temporary accommodation for six months or more. The surveys are concerned with understanding routes into homelessness, the impacts of homelessness, the pattern of support needs among these homeless households and the effects of homelessness and temporary accommodation on health, well being and child development. The research also examines the costs of homelessness and explores the extent of repeat homelessness among these households.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherDepartment for Communities and Local Government
Commissioning bodyDepartment for Communities and Local Government
Number of pages372
ISBN (Electronic)9781851128938
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2008

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