Some definitions of homelessness which
take into account the need for connectedness:
carries implications of belonging nowhere rather than simply having nowhere to
Homelessness is a condition of detachment
from society characterised by the absence or attenuation of the affiliative bonds
that link settled persons to a network of interconnected social structures (Caplow,
Bahr and Sternberg, 1968: 494).
an inadequate experience of connectedness with family and or community (Dominic
Mapstone, Director - Rebeccas Community).
- an inadequate experience of shelter, ranging from a complete lack of shelter
at one end of the continuum to severely inadequate housing conditions at the other.
Hospital and Community Psychiatry, J. Grunberg and P.
F. Eagle included the concept of disaffiliation in their definition. They wrote
that loss of family and community bonds is central to homelessness.
Homelessness is not a purely housing based concept but has significant
emotional, social and psychological dimensions (Somerville, 1992)
support services continue to view homelessness from a housing perspective and
overlook it's true basis as a lack of connectedness. This is particularly the
case for services working from a medical perspective.
definions can be found in the glossary: define