However, this Act does not place any legal obligation on local authorities to provide housing for people who are homeless. It is also quite a limited definition of homelessness, given that there are many paths into homelessness.
FEANTSA (the European Federation of organisations working with people who are homeless) has developed a broader definition of homelessness that contains four different types of homelessness. The four categories are:
People sleeping rough or using night shelters
People staying in accommodation for the homeless or people who are due to be released from an institution, such as a hospital or prison
People staying temporarily with friends, people under threat of violence or eviction
People living in temporary structures, or housing that is not safe to live in