Homeless people in the Netherlands: CODA-G4, a 2.5-year follow-up study

Barbara van Straaten, Dike van de Mheen, J. van der Laan, G. Rodenburg, Sandra N Boersma, J.R.L.M. Wolf

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This observational, longitudinal multi-site cohort study followed
over 500 homeless people for a period of 2.5 years, starting from the moment
they reported at a central access point for social relief. Data were collected
specifically for the cohort. This study, in which the perspectives of the
homeless people plays a central role, explores the care needs and goals of
homeless people and focuses on changes in housing, living situations and
quality of life. By means of four face-to-face interviews, information was
assessed on socio-demographics and background; care needs and goals;
housing status and transitions in housing; living situations (including health,
work and finances, social relations, criminal activities); and quality of life. This
study achieved a high response rate of almost 75 percent at final follow-up.
Essential elements of the successful tracking and follow-up of a homeless
population are discussed. The main results regarding the characteristics of the
cohort, housing and housing stability, and quality of life are presented.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-116
JournalEuropean Journal of Homelessness
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes


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