Rethinking Multiple Exclusion Homelessness: Implications for Workforce Development and Interprofessional Practice

In February 2009, the Economic and Social Research Council launched the ‘Multiple Exclusion Homelessness Research Programme’ with the aim of informing government policy and practice and finding solutions to bring the most vulnerable ‘homeless people’ in from the margins of society. The concept of ‘multiple exclusion homelessness’ alerts us to the potential for complex interplay between many different professional or occupational groups, reflecting how drug or alcohol dependencies; severe mental health problems; domestic violence; local authority care and prison; and participation in ‘street culture’ and ‘survival activities’ such as sex work, begging, street drinking and street-level drug dealing frequently (but not always) intersect with homelessness (Fitzpatrick, Johnson and White, 2010).

Publication Date: 
2016