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Housing and homelessness 

Housing and homelessness
Housing and homelessness

Tom Burns

, and Mike Firn

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date: 14 July 2020

Mental illness is both a cause and sometimes a consequence of homelessness. The prevalence of mental illness in the homeless is greater than for the population as a whole. The chapter considers the evidence for whether the closure of long-stay psychiatric hospitals has added to the problem, and to what extent other factors are at play. Types of social housing and residential support are presented together with the legal framework for entitlement to housing. Programmes aimed at people with long-term homelessness and severe mental illnesses, such as Housing First, are presented with evidence for effectiveness.

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