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International Homelessness Policy Review

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A report to inform the review of homelessness legislation in Wales

As part of the review of the homelessness legislation in Wales, the research team undertook a targeted review of relevant UK and international literature, as well as an in‐depth analysis of a selection of other countries with promising approaches that may provide useful lessons for Wales (England, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Scotland and US).

The findings of the review are presented under eight key themes:

  • Legal rights;
  • ‘Staircase’, ‘Housing First’, and ‘normalising’ approaches;
  • Access to housing for homeless people;
  • Homeless prevention;
  • Family homelessness, single homelessness and rough sleeping;
  • Governance and the role of NGOs;
  • Policy implementation, evaluation and monitoring; and
  • Costs and benefits