Supported Housing: representing our members

A key part of our supported housing policy work is representing our members and promoting the vital role of supported housing in a number of different forums. 

support worker with a group of people in supported housing

This page gives an overview of some of the work we are currently involved in:

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) Housing Policy Network

One of our key areas of focus is strengthening the links between housing, health and care. This group brings together key stakeholders from across the housing and social services sector. We are currently working to shape the work plan for the coming year.

Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on improving health through the home

We are signatories to this joint memorandum of understanding between health and housing, supported by a number of government departments and arms-length bodies. The MoU sets out key principles for joint working between health, care and housing to deliver more effective support and reduce health inequalities.

Dementia and Housing Working Group (D&HWG)

Homeless Link currently chairs the D&HWG, which brings together housing associations, professional and trade bodies, academics, representatives from relevant government departments and voluntary sector agencies. The aim of the group is to promote the contribution of the housing sector to improving the health and wellbeing and quality of life for people living with dementia. A report on the role of the housing sector was published on behalf of the group last year, and we also ran a session at the national Dementia Congress in November.

Health and Wellbeing Alliance

Homeless Link is a partner in the Health and Wellbeing Alliance, funded by the Department of Health (DH), and led by the DH, Public Health England and NHS England. In addition to working alongside the 20 other voluntary sector partners in the Alliance, we are involved in three specific funded projects with a focus on health inequalities:

  • Reducing health inequalities for inclusion health groups
  • Improving end of life care for people experiencing homelessness
  • Public health interventions to support homeless families

Reducing Reoffending Third Sector Advisory Group (RR3)

We sit on a special interest group on accommodation convened by the RR3. The aim of the group is to explore the barriers to accessing accommodation for people in contact with the criminal justice system and make recommendations to the Ministry of Justice on how to address these. Our membership of this group follows on from the briefing we produced on this issue with our MEAM partner Clinks last year.

National Housing and Domestic Abuse Policy and Practice group

We have recently joined the National Housing and Domestic Abuse Policy and Practice group, for which the Domestic Abuse and Housing Alliance is the secretariat. This group aims to improve the housing sector’s response to domestic violence.

We know this is just a snapshot of issues that may be affecting our members. If there is anything you would like to raise with the policy team, then please contact us on caroline.bernard@homelesslink.org.uk. You can also join our policy network and help us assess the impact of policies and provide the strongest possible evidence for the changes we want to see.

Future Focus

Future Focus

A framework to shape the funding of sustainable supported housing services.

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Paula Reid

Paula Reid

Policy manager

Paula is policy manager at Homeless Link and leads on the Supported Housing Alliance.