The Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 (HRA) is the first major piece of homelessness legislation in 15 years.
The Act places new duties on local authorities to help prevent and relieve homelessness. It is designed to provide support for anyone threatened with homelessness.
Key measures include:
The Act was implemented in April 2018. Funding for local authorities is set at £72.7 million over three years.
The updated Code of Guidance for Local Authorities was published in February 2018.
There are no duties placed on housing associations by the Homelessness Reduction Act. However, a large number of housing associations are keen to support it. We worked with MHCLG to develop a housing association commitment to support the Act, which we named the Commitment to Refer.