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Government to tackle Sweden's homelessness

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13:28 CET+01:00
Nobody in Sweden should be forced to live on the streets, public health minister Maria Larsson has promised, vowing to reduce the number of evictions carried out in Sweden. The minister announced a national strategy to combat homelessness.

Larsson told a gathering of her Christian Democrat Party in Linköping that different government agencies need to work better to stop people getting locked out of the housing market.

"Everyone should be guaranteed a roof over their head, and be offered continued, coordinated help based on individual need," the minister said as she presented the homelessness strategy.

The National Board of Health and Welfare is to be asked to come up with a proposal for monitoring the success of the new strategy. A plan will be drawn up to detail how various government agencies can help achieve the new targets. The plan will be complete by June.

The strategy will cover the years 2007 to 2009, and an evaluation will be delivered in 2010.

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