Housing first

Homelessness is a devastating experience. It can trigger and exacerbate problems, from substance misuse to mental health conditions, destabilise families and prevent support networks from functioning successfully. Its effects can last a lifetime; children who experience homelessness are much more likely to experience homelessness as adults. Over the last six years, the number of people experiencing homelessness in England has risen significantly.

This Centre for Social Justice report, which places a great emphasis on prevention alongside remedial policy, recommends that the Government create a funding pot of at least £110 million per year to deliver a National Housing First Programme to end rough sleeping and chronic homelessness for people with the most complex needs, as well as expanding a ‘CHAIN’-style database, whose focus would be on cities with growing numbers of rough sleepers where street outreach teams operate.

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