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By Chris Chamberlain, Guy Johnson, Catherine Robinson

The 1st ebook to discover the complexities of homelessness in Australia - and the long run regulations prone to enhance the situation.What is homelessness? Who counts as homeless? Whose accountability is homelessness? In Homelessness in Australia specialists within the zone provide well timed insights into the heritage, factors and quantity of homelessness during this kingdom - and the longer term coverage instructions probably to have a favorable influence. overlaying matters corresponding to gender, Indigenous homelessness, relatives violence, teens and the consequences of trauma, the e-book goals to enhance either the knowledge of the complexities concerned and the results for these experiencing homelessness.

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Those who defend SAAP argue that the change to transitional supported accommodation was a necessary modification in the program to cater for what became known as the increasing complexity or high needs of clients (see Chapter 10). The general support provided by agencies in SAAP I was regarded as insufficient to address issues with which clients presented, including alcohol and drug dependence, the consequences for women and young people escaping domestic and family violence and abuse, mental health issues, extreme poverty and financial debt, and a history of unsuccessful tenancies which made obtaining independent housing even more difficult.

Within these external constraints, certain individual actions (agency), experiences or characteristics can then compound the individual’s vulnerability (Jones 1997, p. 112). This does not close down the possibility that structural or individual factors on their own may cause homelessness, but it does emphasise how the process of becoming homeless (or avoiding homelessness) is mediated through both agency and structure. However, this approach is not without its critics; for example, Somerville (2013) argues that any attempt to identify a relationship between a set of variable factors (such as structure and agency) can only provide insight if there is agreement as to what these variables entail.

In 1978, however, a Department of Social Security review of HPAP services identified some fundamental problems (Department of Social Security 1978, p. 64). One of the significant problems outlined in the report, entitled A Place of Dignity: Report of a survey of homeless people and homeless persons assistance centres, was that the continued funding of HPAP services could at best only ameliorate the problem of homelessness. One of the challenges for homelessness policy was the steady but unremitting appearance of ‘new’ groups identified as experiencing homelessness.

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