HCLG Committee report: protecting the homeless and private renters

08 April 2021

The Housing, Communities and Local Government (HCLG) Committee has published a report based on submissions to its inquiry into the effect of coronavirus on homelessness and the private rented sector.

This is the second report the HCLG Committee has commissioned to look into the government’s actions to help rough sleepers, the wider homeless population, private renters and landlords during the pandemic. The report includes many of the recommendations we made in our submission in December 2020:

  • How the ‘Everyone In’ scheme demonstrated what can be achieved with resources, coordination, commitment and partnership working.
  • The ongoing need for long-term accommodation with support.
  • Affordable housing as a solution to homelessness.
  • The need to broaden the government’s focus to include homelessness beyond rough sleeping.

The report also calls on the government to:

  • Carry out its promised review of rough sleeping in light of new data on temporary accommodation and ‘Everyone In’ that shows the true scale of people rough sleeping and those at risk.
  • Consider changes to the no recourse to public funds policy, which prevents many rough sleepers from accessing funds.
  • Deliver a financial package to support residents to repay rent arrears caused by coronavirus.

Housing associations are continuing to work closely with residents, local government, the NHS and other partners to respond to the coronavirus crisis.

Many housing associations have also helped to house rough sleepers throughout the pandemic through the “Everyone In” scheme and through bids into the Rough Sleeper Accommodation Programme.

Who to speak to

Suzannah Young, Policy Officer