Catch 22: a study on the link between homelessness and institutionalisation

Housing, Care and Support

ISSN: 1460-8790

Publication date: 26 August 2010


This article is based on a study that critically examined the assumption that institutionalisation may be a contributing factor to homelessness. According to the Guardian newspaper, the number of people sleeping rough in London has leapt by 15% in recent years, although the reasons remain unclear. This study suggests that there may be a positive correlation between leaving an institution and experiencing difficulties in gaining and keeping a house or flat. It also highlights the lack of help and the ignorance experienced by individuals who have left an institution. This isolation may also be partly self‐inflicted, because negative experiences in an institution can result in the individual's becoming reluctant to seek help.



Khan, A. (2010), "Catch 22: a study on the link between homelessness and institutionalisation", Housing, Care and Support, Vol. 13 No. 2, pp. 40-47.

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