Creating effective partnerships

Improving local joint working to end homelessness

Ending homelessness requires coordination between many different agencies, including charities and housing associations, community and faith groups, local authorities and other public services, as well as people with lived experience. Yet in many areas joint working remains under-developed, dysfunctional or absent. Too often this results in inefficient ways of working as efforts are duplicated or confused, while the needs of people who are homeless remain unmet.

Homeless Link has developed these practical resources to help organisations across the voluntary, community and faith sectors to take an active role in establishing effective local partnerships. For information about multi-agency groups in your area, contact your Partnership Manager

We'd like to thank the Local Government Association for jointly producing the guidance on 'Working Strategically with Local Authorities'.

Quick guide: local strategies and partnerships

A summary of key resources available on local partnership approaches and developing homelessness strategies


Working Strategically with Local Authorities

Coordinated local responses are essential to ending homelessness. This guidance sets out the six key elements of effective joint working, helping voluntary, community and faith groups to develop strategic relationships with their local authority. 


Effective Multi-Agency Meetings

A practical guide to holding multi-agency meetings in the homelessness sector.


NHS & Health Structures in England

Understanding NHS and health structures in England. Resources to support health and homelessness engagement during the Covid-19 pandemic.