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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.
On completion of this unit, you should be able to:
- understand how some of the needs of homeless people can be met.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 The Swansea Cyrenians
- 2 Schemes run by Swansea Cyrenians in 1999
- 3 Biographical perspective: using pathways
- 4 Audio clip 1: John
- 5 Audio clip 2: Danny
- 6 Audio clip 3: Ernest
- 7 Audio clip 4: Paul
- 8 Comment on the audio clips
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Homelessness and need
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.
This free course includes adapted extracts from an Open University course which is no longer available to new students. If you found this interesting you could explore more free Social Care courses or view the range of currently available OU Social Care courses.
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Originally published: Monday, 25th July 2011
Last updated on: Friday, 12th October 2012
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