PREVENTING HOMELESSNESS WITHIN THE UK

Our programmes focus on reducing social and economic exclusion by preventing people from homelessness and improving the wellbeing of those in need. 

1,828

people have been supported

185

people have been prevented of becoming homeless

570

people have relief from homelessness

£1.4m

outcomes achieved

KEY BENEFITS OF THIS APPROACH

The switch to outcomes-based contracting has enabled a much more collaborative, flexible approach to problem-solving. This has facilitated a number of significant delivery innovations, including:

  • Re-designing of the team, creating dedicated roles to secure accommodation and develop relationships with larger landlords, providing opportunities for under-35s.

  • More targeted prevention strategy, setting up direct referral pathways to try and get help to people before they hit crisis.

  • Closer collaboration with existing support services, such as Floating Support services to provide tenancy support for more vulnerable customers, improving accommodation sustainment rates. 

Please contact Conor for further detail about our Homelessness Prevention programmes.

IN FOCUS: PREVENTING HOMELESSNESS IN LONDON

Single Homelessness Prevention Service (SHPS) provides support to adults at-risk of homelessness in six London boroughs. SHPS believes that universal access to housing will lead to a reduction in social and economic exclusion. Its mission focusses on two key aspects: Prevention, where a person is at risk of being evicted or falling behind with their rent and needs support to maintain the tenancy; and Relief, where a person is not in a stable accommodation arrangement and needs help finding a sustainable tenancy agreement.

SHPS works with all those referred to develop a Personal Housing Plan (PHP). This identifies the housing need alongside a series of actions the individual and the SHPS staff team need to complete, with target dates for completion. The individual and SHPS staff member sign up to complete these actions within the timescales set. 

Once homelessness has been prevented or relieved, SHPS staff will check in monthly to see how things are going and provide additional support where needed, to ensure that accommodation is sustained.

"My faith has certainly been reinstalled after receiving such amazing, helpful and compassionate service. It was completely unexpected to be dealt with such respect and understanding during my difficult situation. It really was breath of fresh air when I needed it the most. Not only was it a pleasant and reassuring experience, I was housed faster than I could ever imagine".

- Participant

1,828

people have been supported

570

people have been relieved from homelessness

185

people have been prevented from becoming homeless

3

boroughs in London now have the service