Call for evidence: Effective approaches to homelessness prevention

Monday, 22 August 2016 - 4:15pm

DCLG have commissioned Homeless Link to conduct research into successful models of homelessness prevention. The research will identify good practice, look at what works in homelessness prevention and present case studies that highlight effective working.


Preventing homelessness before it starts is essential for ending homelessness and ensuring people receive adequate support before they reach crisis point. It is also more cost effective in the longer term and can help avoid the negative impact homelessness has on other areas of life.

The Call for Evidence

As part of this research we are issuing a Call for Evidence of existing and emerging homelessness prevention practice that provides support to people at risk of homelessness. Support may help people to remain in their existing accommodation or access alternative accommodation. It may take a number of forms, including mediation, advice or financial support. We are interested in hearing about any approach that has helped prevent homelessness from occurring or resolved a person’s housing need, rather than models of practice which focus on helping people who are already homeless.

How to respond

Please share any examples of work being undertaken currently or previously, using the template in the attachment below. These will be used to identify and highlight effective practice that could be replicated in other areas.

If you are engaged in multiple prevention activities, please complete a separate template for each activity. If the information in any of the sections is not available, please leave them blank.

Please return any examples by 30th September 2016 to Rachel Hurcombe.

If you have any questions about the research, please contact Rachel Hurcombe - 020 7840 4418.

DCLG Call for Evidence Prevention ProForma

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Rachel Hurcombe

Rachel Hurcombe

Research officer

Rachel was our research officer.

Telephone: 020 7840 4418