Minister speaks at conference on preventing homelessness

Thursday, 10 December 2015 - 4:16pm

Marcus Jones MP, the minister for local government whose portfolio covers homelessness spoke at the Homeless Link conference ‘Stem the Tide’ on Monday 7th December. 

The one-day conference, ‘Stem the Tide’, looked at intervention to prevent homelessness and explores when charities, housing associations, day centres, councils and advice services can intervene to prevent homelessness. We looked at early intervention that targets people at risk, and crisis interventions that prevent bad situations from getting worse and enable a quicker recovery; and measures that support the process of moving on from homelessness and into independent living.

On welcoming the Minster to the event, Rick Henderson, chief executive of Homeless Link said:

“We are pleased to welcome the minister back to a Homeless Link event. Stem the Tide is an important conference looking at the key issue of intervention in homelessness at both an early stage and crisis intervention to improve the lives of those who are homeless or at risk.

“The Homelessness sector faces many issues over the coming months. The problems around complex and multiple needs are a particular challenge; as are the challenges providers face in ensuring that people avoid repeat homelessness.

“The opportunity for the minister to hear from those working in the sector on this issue will be welcomed; as will the chance for the minister to contribute to the debate and outline the Government’s position and plans.”

Marcus Jones MP said:

“I am delighted to be able to speak at today’s Homeless Link Conference. One person without a home is one too many, and our efforts over the past five years have helped prevent nearly one million households from becoming homeless.

“We remain committed to protecting the most vulnerable in society, which is why, over the next four years, we will increase central funding by making £139 million available for innovative programmes to prevent and reduce homelessness.

“I’m looking forward to hearing the views of everyone who works so tirelessly supporting some of the most vulnerable in our society to find out how we can ensure no one is without a roof over their head.”

Read the Minister's conference speech in full. 

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