Housing homeless and vulnerable people has always been a key part of what the housing association sector does. Across the country, the sector delivers a wide range of services, including:
Homelessness remains a significant and growing problem in England.
The total number of rough sleepers has increased by 165% since 2010. Over 120,000 children in temporary accommodation, with the number of people in temporary accommodation at its highest in over 10 years. In the past year there has been an 11.4% increase in the number of households assessed by local authorities as either homeless or threatened with homelessness.
Our sector has an ambition to help end homelessness. In this section, you can find out more about what we are doing to support this ambition.
As part of the Homelessness Reduction Act, public bodies are bound by the Duty to Refer. This is an obligation to refer anyone to a local authority if they are homeless or threatened with homelessness.
Housing associations are not part of this, but many of our members are keen to support the act, so we worked with MHCLG to develop a housing association offer on the Duty to Refer. We have called this the Commitment to Refer.
Find out more about the Commitment, including how your organisation can sign up.