By: Marlei English

Abstract: Homelessness is a plague that spares no country, yet not a single country has cured it.  The type of legislation regarding homelessness in a country seems to correlate with the severity of its homelessness problem.  The highly-variative approaches taken by each country when passing their legislation can be roughly divided into two categories: aid-based laws and criminalization laws.  Analyzing how these homelessness laws affect the homeless community in each country can be an important step in understanding what can truly lead to finding the “cure” for homelessness rather than just applying temporary fixes.

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