Journal article

The causes of homelessness in later life: Findings from a 3-nation study

M Crane, K Byrne, R Fu, B Lipmann, F Mirabelli, A Rota-Bartelink, M Ryan, R Shea, H Watt, AM Warnes

JOURNALS OF GERONTOLOGY SERIES B-PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES | GERONTOLOGICAL SOCIETY AMER | Published : 2005

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: This article presents findings from a study of the causes of homelessness among newly homeless older people in selected urban areas of the United States, England, and Australia. METHODS: Interviews were conducted in each country with > or =122 older people who had become homeless during the last 2 years. Information was also collected from the subjects' key workers about the circumstances and problems that contributed to homelessness. RESULT: Two-thirds of the subjects had never been homeless before. Antecedent causes were the accommodation was sold or needed repair, rent arrears, death of a close relative, relationship breakdown, and disputes with other tenants and neighbors. Con..

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