Women's Homelessness: International Evidence on Causes, Consequences, Coping and Policies

40 Pages Posted: 7 Mar 2017 Last revised: 8 Mar 2017

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Guy Johnson

RMIT University

David C. Ribar

University of Melbourne

Anna Zhu

RMIT University

Date Written: March 3, 2017

Abstract

This paper reviews international evidence regarding women’s homelessness. It discusses different definitions of homelessness and how women are frequently part of the “hidden homeless” population and less a part of the unsheltered homeless population. It also considers the data that are used to enumerate and study homeless people. The structural, personal, and random causes of homelessness are discussed, with evidence pointing to highly gendered patterns. The paper also describes the consequences of women’s homelessness, including the consequences for children, and the material and psychological coping strategies that homeless people employ. It considers policies to reduce homelessness and ameliorate its problems.

Keywords: Homelessness, women, children, hidden homeless, policies, coping strategies, Journeys Home

JEL Classification: I30, R31

Suggested Citation

Johnson, Guy and Ribar, David C. and Zhu, Anna, Women's Homelessness: International Evidence on Causes, Consequences, Coping and Policies (March 3, 2017). Melbourne Institute Working Paper No. 7/17, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2927811 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2927811

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Anna Zhu

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