First published in 1997, this volume presents the results of in-depth research into the application of the UK homelessness legislation in relation to community care, the Children Act 1989, violence to women, and racial harassment. This is supplemented with a consideration of policies and practices in 15 local authority homelessness departments. It is argued that government created the nation of a successful, or "appropriate" applicant, but this could not be translated into actual practice as the original legislation did not facilitate it. In fact, in the mid-1990s, government became more concerned with notions of inappropriateness, stereotyping those using the homelessness legislation and creating modern "folk devils". This was the background to the 1996 changes to the homelessness legislation which have created the notion of the "inappropriate" applicant. It is argued that the new legislation is more concerned with denial, deterrence and privatization. The new legislation has also detrimentally affected the application of the homelessness legislation in each of the areas discussed.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction. 2. Appropriateness. 3. Community Care. 4. Children. 5. Racial Harassment. 6. Violence to Women. 7. Towards Inappropriateness. 8. Reforming the Homelessness Legislation: Uses of Inappropriateness. 9. Defining Inappropriateness. 10. Conclusion.
DAVID COWAN is a lecturer at the University of Bristol. He has written many titles including: Homelessness: The (In-)Appropriate Applicant (Dartmouth, 1997) together with numerous articles on housing issues.