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Social Work

On-line version ISSN 2312-7198
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MOYO, Unotida; PATEL, Leila  and  ROSS, Eleanor. Homelessness and mental illness in Hillbrow, South Africa: A situation analysis. Social work (Stellenbosch. Online) [online]. 2015, vol.51, n.1, pp.1-21. ISSN 2312-7198.

This study explored the social situation of homeless people with mental illness living on the streets of Hillbrow, Johannesburg, with the view to facilitating action in terms of support services. Data were collected via interviews and observations from three groups: homeless persons with suspected mental illness, homeless people and service providers. The research focused on reasons for homelessness; health and living conditions; relationships between homeless persons and those with mental illness; survival strategies; and services utilised. Results were presented to all stakeholders and a forum was established to enable the findings to be taken forward.

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