Emma Williamson Completed 2013
Social factors, such as unemployment, changes in housing policy, including the availability of social housing and patterns of family breakdown have a major impact on the rate of homelessness. But people who become homeless are not all the same, they have different reasons for being homeless, different support needs, different strengths and individual solutions out of their situations.
Many of the circumstances which are often associated with homelessness can affect men and women equally, however, homelessness can impact on women more deeply for several reasons. To lose their home, with all its symbolic importance and sense of security is, therefore, a deeply traumatic experience for women.
For women with these issues, they often find themselves in vulnerable and unsafe situations where they are more likely to experience further abuse. All these issues lead to homeless women having low self-esteem and little confidence which makes changing their lives difficult.
This research aimed to work with homeless women to find a way to ‘track’ them over time in a way which they are comfortable with. For many homeless women dealing with entrenched problems makes it difficult to turn their lives around quickly, whatever support they are offered. By finding out what works, over time, this research aimed to help service providers to better support homeless women and commissioners to find ways of supporting homeless women to successful outcomes.
Cameron AM, Abrahams HA, Morgan KJ, Williamson E, Henry LW (2016) From pillar to post: homeless women’s experiences of social care, Health and Social Care in the Community, 24, 3, 345–352.
Abrahams HA, James J, Powell L, Williamson E, Morgan KJ, Cameron AM, Henry LW (2015) Service user involvement in longitudinal research, International Journal of Qualitative Research in Services, 2, 1, 13-17.
Williamson E, Abrahams HA, Morgan KJ, Cameron A (2014) The TARA Project: Tracking homeless women in longitudinal research, European Journal of Homelessness. 8, 2, 69.