Rural homelessness : prevention practices in Wales

Gibbons, AR ORCID:, Madoc-Jones, I, Ahmed, A ORCID:, Jones, K, Rogers, MM ORCID: and Wilding, MA ORCID: 2020, 'Rural homelessness : prevention practices in Wales' , Social Policy and Society, 19 (1) , pp. 133-144.

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Homelessness is largely understood as an urban issue and so rural homelessness is to a large extent invisible in both academic literature and in policy and practice discussions, just as it is often invisible in discourses of everyday rural life. This article draws on extensive interviews with homeless service users and providers in three rural authorities in Wales to give a clearer sense of the nature and challenges of rural homelessness. The article documents and explores the very different strategies employed by those facing homelessness in the rural context, as well as those of rural local authorities providing them preventative and person-centred support. Analysis of the struggle of many rural households to remain in place, often at the cost of homelessness and lowered ability to access services, will have resonance in a range of contexts and have implications for policy makers and practitioners in rural contexts beyond Wales.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
Journal or Publication Title: Social Policy and Society
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISSN: 1474-7464
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Funders: Welsh Government
Depositing User: Dr Andrea Gibbons
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2019 09:34
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 02:23

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