Homelessness is on the increase in most European states and remains at stubbornly high levels across developed nations. This is despite increased policy attention, economic provision and the implementation of strategies that have promised to stop homelessness in its tracks, rather than simply manage the crisis.
Providing an in-depth exploration of the experiences of Ireland, Denmark and Finland in their various initiatives designed to end homelessness, this book presents an authoritative comparative account of policies and strategies that have worked, along with an exposition of those that have not.
Making an invaluable and timely contribution to the current debate, it provides essential policy lessons for the multiple jurisdictions seeking to successfully bring homelessness to an end.
"The lessons unearthed in this book will be pivotal if ending homelessness is to progress from an admirable objective to a realisable goal." Joe Doherty, University of St Andrews.
“An extremely important contribution to our understanding of homelessness. It offers the reader critical insights, as well as concrete suggestions on the policy settings required to end homelessness.” Guy Johnson, RMIT University
Mike Allen joined Focus Ireland in 2010 and is responsible for the organisation’s advocacy, research and communication work. He previously spent 8 years as the General Secretary of the Labour Party.
Lars Benjaminsen is a researcher at The Danish Center for Social Science Research (VIVE), the largest social research institute in Denmark. Since 2006 he has been an active member of the European Observatory on Homelessness.
Eoin O’Sullivan is a Professor in Social Policy at Trinity College Dublin.
Nicholas Pleace is Director of the Centre for Housing Policy and a Professor of Social Policy at the University of York.
Ending homelessness? Policy and progress in Denmark, Finland and Ireland
Before the Goal of ‘ending homelessness’: the Evolution of Policy;
The Strategies Described;
Trends in Homelessness in Denmark, Finland and Ireland;
Explanations – Housing Matters;
Explanations – Welfare Matters;