Week 2 at the National Assembly for Wales

I can’t believe I’ve already finished my second week! It’s gone by so fast I’m doing my best to enjoy every moment. I’ve spent all week working away at my long-term project on homelessness. The first part of my research is about rough sleeping – homeless people who are forced to sleep on the streets. I’ve been looking into services that are provided to help these people off the street, as well as into the best housing options to permanently get them out of homelessness. Housing First, the program of taking someone off the street as soon as they get there and putting them in permanent housing coupled with all the necessary services to keep them there, has gained international traction and seems to be slowly taking hold in the UK. It’s incredibly interesting to find out about what countries are doing to help their homeless populations – through Housing First, Finland has nearly eradicated rough sleeping! A common argument is that the program is too expensive but several studies have proven that over time, the cost of putting someone in a Housing First program is nearly half of what it would cost to leave them on the street.

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Week 1 at the National Assembly for Wales

I’m Raadhika, a rising senior at W&M, and I’m spending the summer interning in Cardiff with the National Assembly for Wales! This is such a unique opportunity that I’m really excited for – not only do I get to come back to a country I consider my second home, but I also get this incredible chance to experience working with a foreign national government.

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