Not forever homeless

by Mattia Rosini - 2012.05.21
Not forever homeless
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That homelessness is not a fatal wound. This is demonstrated by the recent positive results from the German region of North Rhine-Westphalia, the most populous region, where the number of clochard fell between 2004 and 2009, from 20 thousand to 12 thousand units. This success is something completely new (due to the paucity of the results obtained so far by European policies in this field) and, at the same time, a teaching. Whereby you can at least alleviate if not cure this disease, considered incurable by most, focusing on three goals: subsidies for those who lose their jobs, effective assistance in finding a roof, guaranteed health care. But it is not enough. According to a study of the IAB (Institut für und Arbeitsmarkt Berufsforchung), these interventions should be, in fact, joined by two other measures. The first, the government agencies have to act as a credible and effective intermediaries between the housing market and who is (or is close to being) in the condition of the homeless. The second, perhaps more important, relative to overcoming bureaucratic obstacles. A bank account, for example, can be given only to residents. This make impossible for many who are eligible obtain the aid and support of public measures, thought just to prevent from becoming homeless.

Published in Homelessness.
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