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The objectives of the study were:

(a) To carry out a gender-baased analysis of an existing database drawn from a sample of 677 low-income households in the Kingston Metropolitan Area, and, specifically, to disaggregate the available data on the basis of a distinction between male-headed, female-headed and jointheaded households in order to identify and analyse gender differences in the shelter behaviour of households;

(b) To develop in-depth case studies of 12 female-headed households, to provide a qualitative analysis of the shelter behaviour of those households, and to explore that behaviour in terms of the analysis resulting from disaggregation of data from the larger survey.

(c) To explore the implications of the findings established in (a) and (b) for shelter interventions targeted at low-income households in general, and female-headed households in particular.