Negotiating tensions: how do social enterprises in the homeless field balance social and commercial considerations?

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    Social enterprise is presented as a potential policy solution to homelessness, particularly as regards the employment of homeless people. This policy focus relies on an assumption that social and commercial goals can be successfully combined. This implies that by pursuing profit-maximizing behaviour social enterprises can also maximize social benefits. However, this paper shows that social enterprises are hybrid organizations facing a trade-off between social and commercial considerations. The paper identifies strategies used by work integration social enterprises in the homelessness field to balance mission-related goals with financial sustainability.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)514-532
    JournalHousing Studies
    Issue number4
    Early online date26 Apr 2012
    Publication statusPublished - 2012



    • homelessness
    • housing policy
    • hybrid organizations
    • social enterprise
    • work integration

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