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Cohort study amongst homeless people in Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam and Utrecht (the G4)

Background and aim of the study

 

The aim of the Strategic Plan for Social Relief in the four major cities of the Netherlands (G4: Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht) is to prevent and reduce homelessness and to improve the quality of life of homeless individuals. At the request of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, the IVO Addiction Research Institute and Impuls – Netherlands Center for Social Care Research of the Radboud university medical center are conducting a longitudinal cohort study on homeless people in the G4 who are eligible for an individual programme plan. This study explores the needs and goals of homeless people who were accepted for an individual programme plan and focuses on changes in their objective and subjective quality of life and housing situation. The perspective of the homeless people plays a central role in the study.
 
The cohort followed in this study consists of 513 homeless individuals: 410 adults of 23 years or older
and 103 young adults from 18 to 23 years old. The first interviews of these 513 participants were carried out in 2011, the second interviews half a year later and the third interviews one and a half a year later. All participants satisfied the criteria set by the G4 for starting an individual programme plan, such as regional connection and legal residence in the Netherlands

 

 

An english summary of the final results of Coda-G4 can be found on page 10 of the final report.