Can you see the connection between Dickens’ “the Home” project, “Home for Homeless Women” & today’s Housing First solutions?
While doing some research today on “Dickens Homelessness” on Google we found this blog post which does a great job of laying out how Dickens addressed “houselessness” for women in his Victorian time period:
Expectations and Goals for the Home
Dickens opens the article with the expectations and goals of the house. A woman would be admitted under two conditions – 1) she agreed to emigration to one of the colonies – likely Australia or South Africa and 2) she would agree to stay in “the Home” the prescribed length of time deemed necessary to ensure her success. Dickens went on to explain the goals of the cottage. There were two of those as well – 1) to repair women already fallen and 2) to save others by giving an opportunity to escape lives of crime. Dickens goes on to clearly explain that neither he…
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