Editorial: Studies towards understanding the homeless in South Africa

by CROSS, C and SEAGER, J., 2010
Editorial, Development Southern Africa, 27:1, 1-2

Cross and Seager offer insight on homelessness in South Africa. They cover the historical origins of homelessness, the way homelessness in other countries compares with South Africa’s, who the homeless are, where they come from, what makes them leave home, and what role their families and personal histories play, the threats to their well-being and the lifestyle- related health risks they run, and the special needs of children on the street. The authors look at how national and local government and civil society have responded to the problem, and the efficacy of social grants. They consider the policy implications of the evidence this study has collected and make recommendations that could help to improve the lot of the homeless.