We’ve written to Dame Louise Casey to outline how we can end homelessness for all.
Due to the leadership shown by local and national government, and the hard work of housing associations and partners, many rough sleepers have been provided with accommodation during the coronavirus crisis. This shows what is possible with determination and funding.
The government has now established a new rough sleeping taskforce, led by Dame Louise Casey, to establish next steps and advise local authorities on supporting rough sleepers into long-term accommodation once lockdown begins lifting.
As part of our ongoing work to tackle homelessness, and alongside several housing associations partners including Homes for Cathy, CIH, Homeless Link and the National Federation of ALMOs, we have written a letter to Dame Louise Casey with an offer to work closely with her on this taskforce.
We outline how we can build on what has already been achieved, and make sure there are sustainable solutions for people currently accommodated and for those at risk of homelessness.
Specifically, we recommend the following as part of the plan to end homelessness for all:
We also outline how work must also focus on people at risk of homelessness because of the coronavirus crisis – such as people fleeing domestic abuse, those in rent arrears, young people, prison leavers and people leaving hospital.
We will continue to engage with the new taskforce as part of our ongoing ambition to end homelessness, and our work to ensure the people and communities housing associations serve emerge from the coronavirus crisis socially and economically stronger than before. Read more about this work.