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Ending Homelessness?The Contrasting Experiences of Denmark, Finland and Ireland$
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Mike Allen, Lars Benjaminsen, Eoin O'Sullivan, and Nicholas Pleace

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781447347170

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447347170.001.0001

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Before the goal of ‘ending homelessness’: the evolution of policy

Before the goal of ‘ending homelessness’: the evolution of policy

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(p.29) 2 Before the goal of ‘ending homelessness’: the evolution of policy
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(p.i) Ending Homelessness?
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Mike Allen

Lars Benjaminsen

Eoin O’Sullivan

Nicholas Pleace

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447347170.003.0002

Chapter 2 provides a detailed analysis of the emergence and content of the homeless strategies in Denmark, Finland and Ireland. While all three countries had various homelessness policy statements and strategies prior to 2008, in all three cases, their 2008/09 strategies were the most ambitious, aiming to end long-term homelessness and the need to sleep rough. This chapter reviews the sequence of events that led to the radical shift in policy that aimed to end homelessness and the assumptions about the causes of homelessness in each strategy.

Keywords:   Evolution of homelessness policy, Ending homelessness, Rethinking homelessness, Homeless Strategies

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