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Homelessness and need

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The majority of people who sleep on the streets, and in hostels and night shelters, are men. However, the number of women, particularly younger women, in these circumstances has increased (Anderson et al., 1993). They are often people with complex care and support needs, which go way beyond the provision of accommodation. But, as you will learn in this free course, Homelessness and need, complex needs are both a cause and a product of homelessness.

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • understand how some of the needs of homeless people can be met.

By: The Open University

  • Duration 1 hour
  • Updated Wednesday 10th February 2016
  • Intermediate level
  • Posted under Social Care
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Homelessness and need

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The majority of people who sleep on the streets, and in hostels and night shelters are men. However, the number of women, particularly younger women, in these circumstances has increased (Anderson et al., 1993). They are often people with complex care and support needs, which go way beyond the provision of accommodation. But, as you will learn in this course, complex needs are both a cause and a product of homelessness.

In this audio course, you will hear from four people, who will each be talking about their own experience of homelessness – John, Danny, Ernest and Paul.

These audio clips were recorded in 1999.

Participants in the audio clips:

  • Helen Robinson is the presenter;

  • Julia Johnson is a member of the Open University (1999);

  • John, Danny, Ernest and Paul are all homeless (1999).

This OpenLearn course provides a sample of Level 2 study in Health and Social Care [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .

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