The relationship between local policy arrangements and daytime activities for homeless people in the Netherlands.
Bruggen, M. van
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Introduction: This study focuses on the factors that influence the accessing of daytime activities by homeless people in the Netherlands. The central question is: ‘Which factors contribute to the receiving of daytime activities by homeless people in social shelters and protected housing?’ Methods: The research is of a qualitative nature and is part of the main study “Prospective research into social shelter and protected housing” by N. Boesveldt (forthcoming). Semi-structured interviews were conducted with clients (n = 25) of social shelters and protected housing and with stakeholders involved in the care of homeless people (n = 14). This study sheds light on the Regional policy framework of the region Zuid-Kennermerland, Ijmond and Haarlemmermeer and of the perspectives of both clients and stakeholders to obtain information about the daytime activities of homeless people. Results: data was analyzed by three main themes that are sourced from the literature: motivation, participation, and policy efficiency. What is especially noteworthy is that 68% of the participants are involved in some form of daytime activities, which is more than was expected. Conclusion: There remain several factors that influence the obtaining of daytime activities by homeless people. The first main factor is a lack of collaboration between the stakeholders, which means that they are unable to offer customized care. There also seems to be a lack of guidance by the municipality and caregivers, in regard to obtaining daytime activities within the abilities of the clients. Moreover, the motivation of clients to get daytime activities is reduced because they receive a benefit. Recommendation: Further research should be conducted regarding homeless people obtaining daytime activities in other regions in the Netherlands, so that national differences and similarities can be charted and thereby the care of homeless people in the Netherlands can be improved.