Research Handbook on Homelessness

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Research Handbook on Homelessness

9781800883406 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Guy Johnson, Honorary Professor of Urban Housing and Homelessness, RMIT University, Australia, Dennis Culhane, Professor of Social Policy, University of Pennsylvania, US, Suzanne Fitzpatrick, Professor of Housing and Social Policy, Heriot-Watt University, Scotland, UK, Stephen Metraux, Professor of Public Policy, University of Delaware, US and Eoin O’Sullivan, Professor in Social Policy, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Publication Date: August 2024 ISBN: 978 1 80088 340 6 Extent: c 476 pp
The Research Handbook on Homelessness presents a comprehensive account of the current knowledge and understanding of homelessness, the substantial challenges it presents and the latest developments in responding to the issue. Bringing together 53 of the world’s leading scholars in this field, this multidisciplinary Research Handbook acknowledges the increasing interest in homelessness across various academic disciplines and highlights the constant evolution of this issue, as well as the research methods that accompany it.

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The Research Handbook on Homelessness presents a comprehensive account of the current knowledge and understanding of homelessness, the substantial challenges it presents and the latest developments in responding to the issue.

Bringing together 53 of the world’s leading scholars in this field, this multidisciplinary Research Handbook acknowledges the increasing interest in homelessness across various academic disciplines and highlights the constant evolution of this issue, as well as the research methods that accompany it. Contributing authors discuss homelessness image control, the cost of homelessness, and the role of the welfare state, as well as a seminal section dedicated to the impact of COVID-19 on homelessness policy and research. Looking ahead, the book points to future research possibilities which will address the structural factors that drive homelessness and encourage effective reforms of social housing systems.

This insightful book is a vital read for academics, researchers and students specialising in welfare economics, human geography, health policy and economics, and comparative social policy. Including a breadth of research summaries and case studies, the book will also be invaluable to policymakers working in the homelessness field and in allied areas such as health and justice.
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‘Homelessness and how we respond to it is a 21st century litmus test challenge for health and social equity. This synthesis of global perspectives reminds us that homelessness transcends geographic and cultural boundaries, as do its research champions. As exemplified throughout this insightful Research Handbook, research has a critical role to play in forging evidence-based solutions that tackle both the causes and consequences of homelessness, and gives voice to those who are too often invisible.’
– Lisa Wood, University of Notre Dame, Australia

‘A welcome and necessary addition to homelessness studies; a proper handbook, combining overview, organisation, up-close accounting and comprehensive examination. Anyone looking to read their way into this wicked social problem could start here – and should do. Outstanding.’
– Tom Hall, Cardiff University, Wales, UK

‘For anyone willing to take seriously the complexities of homelessness, the Research Handbook on Homelessness is a must-have. This comprehensive compilation of essays demonstrates the many different conceptual and empirical perspectives from which to consider this problem. The Research Handbook is a great resource for those new to the field and experts alike.’
– Benjamin Henwood, University of Southern California, US

‘Johnson et al.’s Research Handbook on Homelessness constitutes an important benchmark in our understanding of this complex social problem. Featuring contributions from leading authorities, the book offers a comprehensive assessment of recent research, highlights vital questions for future interrogation, and provides an invaluable resource for practitioners and policymakers alike.’
– Jennifer Wolch, University of California, Berkeley, US
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Contents

Introduction to the Research Handbook on Homelessness 1
Guy Johnson, Dennis Culhane, Suzanne Fitzpatrick, Stephen Metraux and
Eoin O’Sullivan

PART I INTRODUCING KEY IDEAS
1 Defining homelessness 12
Volker Busch-Geertsema, Guy Johnson and Eoin O’Sullivan
2 Homelessness enumeration: moving towards a demographic account 23
James O’Donnell
3 Researching homelessness: implications for policy and practice 40
Eoin O’Sullivan, Nicholas Pleace, Volker Busch-Geertsema and Maša
Filipovič Hrast
4 The dynamics of homelessness 52
Rosanna Scutella and Gavin A. Wood
5 Welfare states and homelessness 72
Lars Benjaminsen
6 Predictive risk modelling and homelessness 81
Rhema Vaithianathan and Chamari I. Kithulgoda

PART II EXPERIENCES OF HOMELESSNESS
7 Women and homelessness 92
Joanne Bretherton and Paula Mayock
8 Preventing and ending youth homelessness in the US 103
Amy Dworsky, Matthew Morton and Shannon Kugley
9 The cost of homelessness 124
Glen Bramley
10 Regulating urban encampments 139
Chris Herring
11 Homelessness and institutional settings: an overview and an odyssey 154
Stephen Metraux and Alexa Timmreck
12 Homelessness systems in the USA 163
Deborah K. Padgett
13 Controlling homeless populations? The case of congregate hostels and
shelters 177
Lynne McMordie and Suzanne Fitzpatrick
14 The effectiveness of permanent supportive housing for rough sleepers:
a review of the research 189
Tim Aubry and Maryann Roebuck
15 The endurance, limitations and potential opportunities of charitable
responses to homelessness 212
Cameron Parsell, Ella Kuskoff and Beth Watts-Cobbe
16 Image control and public attitudes 223
Maša Filipovič Hrast
17 Homelessness and health: individual impacts 236
Fiona Cuthill
18 Single homelessness 252
Nicholas Pleace
19 Examining the links between homelessness and migration 264
Juliet Watson, Sarah Taylor and Guy Johnson

PART III INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES OF COVID-19 AND
HOMELESSNESS
20 COVID-19 and homelessness: Australia 280
Hal Pawson
21 COVID-19 and homelessness: Canada 293
Nick Falvo
22 COVID-19 and homelessness in Great Britain: building back better? 303
Peter Mackie and Suzanne Fitzpatrick
23 COVID-19 and trends in homelessness in Ireland 313
Eoin O’Sullivan, Haley Curran, Emma Byrne and Mike Allen
24 The impact of COVID-19 on homelessness in Japan 326
Soshiro Yamada, Yusuke Kakita and Hiroshi Goto
25 Shifting indoors: homelessness and the COVID-19 response in New Zealand 336
Polly Atatoa-Carr, Carole McMinn, Kerry Hawkes and Julie Nelson
26 COVID-19 and homelessness: Sweden 349
Marcus Knutagård
27 COVID-19 and homelessness: USA 360
Thomas Byrne

PART IV RESOLVING HOMELESSNESS
28 Preventing and ending family homelessness 374
Molly K. Richard and Marybeth Shinn
29 Housing First and public policy 388
Geoffrey Nelson
30 Effective systems to end homelessness 406
Eoin O’Sullivan
31 Sustaining housing: reducing re-entries into homelessness 418
Guy Johnson, Abigail Lewis and Fiona Carey
32 Homelessness prevention 431
Abe Oudshoorn and Amy Van Berkum
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