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Southern European welfare states and homelessness: Portugal and Greece

Nikos Kourachanis (Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Athens, Greece)

Housing, Care and Support

ISSN: 1460-8790

Article publication date: 12 April 2019

Issue publication date: 15 May 2019




The purpose of this paper is to compare homelessness policies in Portugal and Greece.


After a brief overview of the relationship between welfare regimes and homelessness, the characteristics of homelessness policies within the South-European regime are studied. Subsequently, by employing empirical data, a comparison between the homelessness policies of these two countries is attempted through three axes of analysis: the historical emergence of homelessness policies; the impact of the memoranda, as a series of fiscal measures associated with welfare retrenchment, on the deterioration of homelessness; and the characteristics of the social policies being developed.


It is noted that the two countries consolidate a residual social intervention model that fails to address homelessness adequately.


This is the first attempt to compare homelessness policies between Portugal and Greece.



Kourachanis, N. (2019), "Southern European welfare states and homelessness: Portugal and Greece", Housing, Care and Support, Vol. 22 No. 2, pp. 114-128.



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