Social Enterprise and Homelessness
By Mark Richardson , July 2013
Sustainability or Social Impact
Mark investigates the viability and sustainability of social enterprises supporting adults with multiple needs into employment.
Social enterprises have become ever more common in the social justice landscape, specifically in work that supports disadvantaged people into employment. Mark has identified a lack of evaluation on the effectiveness of the social impact of these initiatives and of their financial sustainability.
He specifically looks at those social enterprises which deal with those who are homeless or ex-homeless; identifying this demographic as frequently unable to access the services they need thereby costing society as a result of their chaotic lives.
It is clear that there is some improvement made in the lives of those in the most chaotic groups even if there is less success in moving them on into mainstream employment. Mark provides a list of recommendations for those in the sector including good planning, proper capitalisation and realistic expectations.