OECD Definitions of Homelessness

Published: 20 December 2023| Version 2 | DOI: 10.17632/cn49jy3s6s.2
Mohammad Abdalreza Zadeh


This dataset is a collection of national definitions of homelessness among OECD countries.


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The information was collected through two main keywords (i.e., “homelessness” and “the homeless”) on official websites of governments or international organizations. We limited our search to national definitions and the English language. Among the current 38 OECD member countries, we found 16 definitions from primary sources (i.e., the government websites) and 21 definitions from secondary sources, including the websites of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR),1 the European Federation of National Organisations working with the Homeless (FEANTSA),2 and the OECD.3 1 https://www.ohchr.org 2 https://www.feantsa.org 3 https://www.oecd.org


Concordia University


Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development, Homelessness