Access to Housing - Homelessness and Vulnerability in Europe (2002)
Published by the Policy Press
Authors: Bill Edgar, Joint Centre for Scottish Housing Research, University of Dundee. Joe Doherty, Joint Centre for Scottish Housing Research, University of St Andrews, UK. and Henk Meert, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium.
“While there is no overall shortage of housing in the European Union, 3 million people are homeless and 18 million are housed in inadequate accommodation, that is, housing which lacks basic amenities, is structurally unsound, overcrowded, or does not offer security of tenure.”
This book seeks an understanding of the situation through a detailed analysis of the European housing market in both the private and state spheres.
The following themes are explored in-depth:
The expansion of an increasingly unregulated private market;
The contraction of the state sector;
The (re)emergence of voluntary organisations;
The role of vulnerable people themselves
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