Homeless Link’s response to new report from the Centre for Social Justice on Housing First

Monday, 13 March 2017 - 5:01pm

Responding to the Housing First: housing-led solutions to rough sleeping and homelessness report from the Centre for Social Justice.

Key in door with red house key ring

Homeless Link and its partners in the Making Every Adult Matter coalition, Clinks and Mind, commented:

“As a key contributor to this report, we welcome its publication and recommendations. A range of responses are needed to end homelessness, and Housing First has a vital role to play. A successful Housing First model depends on having coordinated, cross-sector support in place for the range of multiple needs that people experience.

We welcome the report’s recommendation for a cross-government strategy on homelessness involving key departments such as, the Department for Work and Pensions, Ministry of Justice and the Department of Health. At the report’s launch in Westminster today, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government said action was needed across government to tackle the social problems that accompany homelessness.

The report recognises the specific support needs of the 58,000 people with multiple and complex needs in England, and it’s positive that local areas using the MEAM Approach to design and deliver better coordinated support for people with multiple needs are featured.

The report rightly notes that helping people into employment is an important long-term goal for Housing First, but the priority should be to help people turn their lives around. The case studies in the report are succeeding because they are able to help people manage their needs. Giving someone a home to call their own, and the co-ordinated, flexible support that helps them to keep it, allows them to engage positively with health, care and support services where they were previously unable to do so.

We look forward to working with our partners to promote the messages in this report, and Homeless Link’s Housing First England project will continue to promote the adoption of high-quality Housing First approaches across the country.”

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Caroline Bernard

Head of policy and communications

Caroline is covering Helen Mathie’s maternity leave, overseeing Homeless Link’s policy, research, information and communications teams.

Telephone: 020 7840 4428
Email: Caroline.Bernard@homelesslink.org.uk