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Homeless population

Byatt-Smith, J. and Glasgow, C. and Grinfield, M. and Harris, S. and Lacey, A.A. and Smith, S.L. and Lowe, T. and Nikolopoulos, C. and Norgate, R. and Parker, D. and Parrott, K. and Please, C.P. and Smith, W. and Thomis, A. and Wattis, J. (1996) Homeless population. [Study Group Report]



The aim was to derive and analyze a model for numbers of homeless and non-homeless people in a borough, in particular to see how these figures might be affected by different policies regarding housing various categories of people. Most attention was focused on steady populations although the stability of these and possible timescales of dynamic problems were also discussed.

The main outcome of this brief study is the identification of the key role played by the constant k_1 - the constant which fixes the speed at which the homeless are rehoused in permanent council property. Reducing this constant, i.e. making the system "fairer" with less priority to accommodating homeless families, appears to have little effect on the sizes of other categories on the waiting list but there is a marked increase in the number of households in temporary accommodation.
The model, indicated by the size of its longest time-scale, should be modified to allow for births etc.
It could be varied by allowing people to remove themselves from the register or by allowing the rates at which registered and unregistered people become homeless to differ, but these modifications are unlikely to substantially change the main result.
The inclusion of movement from the homeless to the general population would have the effect of limiting the numbers in temporary accommodation. However, it is thought this effect is very small so a great reduction in k_1 would be needed for this flow to become significant.

Item Type:Study Group Report
Problem Sectors:Social
Study Groups:European Study Group with Industry > ESGI 29 (Oxford, UK, Mar 18-22, 1996)
Company Name:Shelter
ID Code:331
Deposited By: Dr Kamel Bentahar
Deposited On:06 Jun 2011 16:52
Last Modified:29 May 2015 19:57

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