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Surviving at the margins: Older homeless people accessing housing, care and support

Hazel Morbey (Centre for Research in Applied Social Care and Health, University of the West of England, Bristol)
Jenny Pannell (Centre for Research in Applied Social Care and Health, University of the West of England, Bristol)
Robin Means (Centre for Research in Applied Social Care and Health, University of the West of England, Bristol)

Housing, Care and Support

ISSN: 1460-8790

Article publication date: 1 February 2003

Abstract

Older people who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness, have been the ‘forgotten homeless’ in policy debates and service provision. They tend to be less visible and less vocal than other groups, and low priority has been given to the impact of homelessness on their health and well‐being. Through the Older Homelessness Partnership Programme two national charities, The Housing Associations Charitable Trust and Help the Aged, funded seventeen innovative projects throughout the UK to provide services for this user group. The homeless charity Crisis contributed to an evaluation of the Programme. This paper explores the complex and multiple needs of older homeless people, which challenge the popular myth of the older homeless person as an archetypal "tramp" figure.

Citation

Morbey, H., Pannell, J. and Means, R. (2003), "Surviving at the margins: Older homeless people accessing housing, care and support", Housing, Care and Support, Vol. 6 No. 1, pp. 8-14. https://doi.org/10.1108/14608790200300003

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