Policy and provision for the single homeless in Glasgow and Boston

Mercer, Maureen J (1985) Policy and provision for the single homeless in Glasgow and Boston. MPhil(R) thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Abstract

Homelessness has become a major social problem, both in the United States and the United Kingdom, Where does the responsibility for this affliction lie - can it be attributed to some administration failing,. Has policy, or the lack of it, caused or contributed to it. In the UK national legislation has been enacted which places local responsibility on the district authorities to plan and provide for the homeless in their areas. However, this legislation makes no provision for the single homeless, Glasgow has taken its own initiatives in providing for this special and discriminated against group. The US has no such legislation and so each state is responsible for handling its own problem - if it chooses and as it chooses, Hassachusetts and its capital city Boston have been cited as leaders in provision. The research looks at the problem, policy and provision of and for the single homeless in both countries through an examination of its causes and treatment at the national and local level. Chapter 1 is a brief introduction to the problem of homelessness and of single homelessness in particular. Chapter 2 presents an overall view of homelessness in general in Scotland - the scope of the problem, causes, policies etc. Chapter 3 focuses on the single homeless in Glasgow and highlights some of the activities which have given the city its reputation of being special and unique. Chapter 4 places homelessness in an American perspective, examining the extent of the problem, causes and any national action taken. Chapter 5 looks at the state of Massachusetts, Boston and the single homeless and relays the activities there which have been considered special. Chapter 6 tries to draw the material together and present a comparison of attitudes ,policy and provision between Glasgow and Boston. The last page presents some closing thoughts.

Item Type: Thesis (MPhil(R))
Qualification Level: Masters
Additional Information: Adviser: David Donnison
Keywords: Public administration
Date of Award: 1985
Depositing User: Enlighten Team
Unique ID: glathesis:1985-74123
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2019 15:33
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2019 15:33
URI: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/74123

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