The Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on Homelessness and Neighborhoods.

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This master thesis explores the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the homeless population of Hanover. The theoretical framework based on the ideas of Whitehead et al. (2016) focuses on the impact of the neighborhood on the individuals. Hereby, two distinct dependent variables were assessed: Collective control and neighborhood disorder. 12 qualitative interviews were conducted to gain insights about the effects of the pandemic on them. To ensure that this thesis is not writing about homelessness and marginalizing the group, the participants consisted of experts of the field and homeless people in an even ratio. The data gathered in this thesis indicates that the pandemic has resulted in a lower collective control and a higher neighborhood disorder. Even though civil society and politics have tried to minder the negative effects of the disease and the measurements to prevent the spread of the virus they were unable to compensate for them. As a result, homeless people reported from severe negative consequences on their daily life. Based on the findings, politicians are urged to battle homelessness and not only the negative consequences of homelessness. One solution could be the unconditionally provision of a home to persons in difficult living situations.
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