Study reveals route out of homelessness

An approach to housing and support that is tailored to the
individual is the key to providing a route out of homelessness,
research has found.

A study by Glasgow Simon Community, which tracked 28 homeless
people for a year, finds that homelessness can be resolved by a
bespoke combination of housing and support, developed as
circumstances change.

Researcher Carol McNaughton said 19 of the participants were no
longer homeless by the end of the year. “With the right support,
homelessness is a temporary circumstance. It is not an identity for
people,” she said.

The report finds that people feel stigmatised by the experience
particularly when they enter the homelessness system. It also
identifies barriers to resettlement, including a scarcity of
housing that matches need and ongoing substance misuse.

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