The Y-Foundation (Finland) recently published a series of essays from experts on homelessness, social policy, and poverty from around the world. The series, Homelessness in 2030, tackles ideas, hopes, and fears for the future of homelessness. The essays are brief, easy to read, and present a variety of perspectives on policy and practice, as well as case studies of specific countries.
We highlight a couple essays below to illustrate the people and perspectives featured in the series:
Julien Damon’s “No One is Homeless. What is Missing” explores the often-unrecognized economic, social, and political functions of homelessness and how future homeless-free cities may or may not adjust for their absence.
Dennis Culhane’s “A Professional Service for Housing Stabilization” contemplates the emergence of a new sector for social work practice, what he calls The Housing Stabilization Service, which provides a range of services related to homelessness prevention and rehousing.
Suzanne Fitzpatrick’s “Great Britain in 2030” argues that the data, analytic abilities, and statistical models needed to make accurate predictions about homelessness exist and should be used to explore the future of homelessness under a range of possible policy scenarios.
Volker Busch-Geertsema’s “Germany in 2030: Utopia or Dystopia” considers two extremes for the future of homelessness in Germany – a positive vision where homelessness is rare, brief, and non-recurrent and a negative vision where an economic depression causes increased housing insecurity and homelessness and a domino-effect of poor policy decisions.
Mary Shinn’s “A Tale of Three Futures” imagines three futures: one in which no major policy or political shift occurs and homelessness goes unsolved and ignored; one in which wealthy countries apply what’s been learned from previous efforts and other countries to increase housing affordability, bolster incomes, and quickly house those sleeping rough; and one in which visible and invisible homelessness are equally targeted by housing and policy interventions.
You can download a pdf of all of the essays here: https://ysaatio.fi/en/housing-first-finland/homelessness-in-2030-essays-on-possible-futures.