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Socially excluding housing support to homeless misusers: Two Swedish case-studies of category houses
Mittuniversitetet, Institutionen för socialt arbete.
Mittuniversitetet, Institutionen för socialt arbete.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8158-0486
2006 (English)In: International Journal of Social Welfare, ISSN 1369-6866, E-ISSN 1468-2397, Vol. 15, no 2, 162-171 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This article discusses special category housing for homeless addicts, based on case studies of two different housing programmes and using both qualitative and quantitative data. The staff and residents were interviewed about their experiences of the programmes. Longitudinal data were collected on various indicators of substance misuse and the frequency of contact with the social services at different levels. Our findings show that special category housing has positive direct effects on the housing stability of the residents and their feelings regarding their quality of life, but not on their substance misuse. However, the increased housing stability seems to be more a direct effect of their staying on the programme, rather than a long-term effect. Furthermore, although their quality of life improves, the residents still experience a lack of belonging and feel that their lives lack meaningful content. The choice of special category housing as an intervention model thus seems to perpetuate rather than prevent social exclusion and can possibly be described as an expression of ‘institutionalised resignation’.

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2006. Vol. 15, no 2, 162-171 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-16132DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-2397.2006.00385.xOAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-16132DiVA: diva2:442778
Available from: 2011-09-22 Created: 2011-09-22 Last updated: 2015-12-09Bibliographically approved

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