What is it about?

People with intellectual disabilities can experience homelessness, and some of the reasons differ from the general homeless population. Specific policy and practice responses are required. The themes identified in this systematic review were (i) pathways into homelessness, (ii) experiencing homelessness and (iii) routes out of homelessness.

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Why is it important?

The identification of people within homeless services and their care and support concerns remains challenging, impacting upon the provision of assessments, interventions, care and supports. Psychosocial assessments, interventions and supports are necessary to assist people with ID to leave homelessness.


Effectively identifying the homeless ID population is necessary strategically and within homelessness services is required to ensure there is access to appropriate psychosocial assessments, interventions and supports. The critical issue relates to ensuring that there are tailored and responsive services that provide the community based structures and supports to enable independent and fulfilling lives outside homeless services for people with ID.

Dr Edward McCann
City, University of London

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This page is a summary of: Homelessness and people with intellectual disabilities: A systematic review of the international research evidence, Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, September 2020, Wiley,
DOI: 10.1111/jar.12815.
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