Homeless People: Ex-Service Personnel/Veterans in the United Kingdom

Sarah Johnsen

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Research in the mid- to late 1990s suggested that approximately one-quarter of homeless people in Britain had served in the armed forces and that homeless ex-service personnel tended to be more disadvantaged than other homeless people: they were older on average, and were more likely to have slept rough, to have suffered from physical health or alcohol problems, and/or to have been homeless for prolonged periods. While their routes into homelessness are often similar to other homeless people, ex-service personnel seem less inclined to seek or accept help given their tendency to elevate the perceived ‘shame’ of their situation. A number of measures were put in place by the central government in an attempt to reduce the incidence of homelessness amongst ex-service personnel, and recent research in London suggests that these have been effective in reducing the level of homelessness amongst this group and providing a wider range of support options than those available to other single homeless people in the capital.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of Housing and Home
EditorsSusan J. Smith, Marja Elsinga, Ong Seow Eng, Lorna Fox O’Mahony, Susan Wachter
Place of PublicationOxford
ISBN (Print)0080471633 , 978-0080471631
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • Ex-service personnel
  • Homeless
  • London
  • Single homelessness
  • UK
  • Veterans


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