Working in partnership with local authorities

We are working with the Local Government Association (LGA) to bring together housing associations and local authorities to tackle homelessness together.  

In 2019 we ran a series of events with housing associations to better understand the challenges the sector faces in reducing homelessness. The events revealed that housing associations are keen to develop stronger relationships with their local authority partners in order to be able to better work together on tackling homelessness.

In 2021, we held a joint event with the LGA to explore partnership working during the pandemic and find out about the lessons learned as a result of this. Read our report on this joint event which shares case studies from a number providers. 

We have already developed the Commitment to Refer, a voluntary offer for housing associations on the Duty to Refer in the Homelessness Reduction Act. We’d like to strengthen this as well as find other opportunities for better partnership working and relationship building.

New approaches to ending homelessness

The Federation supports new and innovative approaches to ending homelessness. This includes:

  • Homes for Cathy
  • Housing First
  • APPG for Ending Homelessness

Homes for Cathy

Homes for Cathy are a group of housing associations that came together in 2016 to mark the 50th anniversary of Cathy Come Home and to highlight the continuing needs of homeless people.

Homes for Cathy have developed a series of commitments to help housing associations contribute to ending homelessness.

We support the work Homes for Cathy do and the group is represented on our Homelessness Steering Group.

Housing First

Housing First is a housing solution for people with multiple and complex needs who have histories of entrenched or repeat homelessness. This represents about 20% of the homeless population.

Housing First differs from other approaches to supporting homeless people because individuals do not have to prove they are ready for independent housing before they are provided with a home.

Individuals are provided with stable, independent homes alongside coordinated wrap-around, personalised support. This can be used to address homelessness among specific groups, such as vulnerable women.

We’ve collated the following resources on Housing First that will be useful to housing associations and other interested organisations:

We’re interested to hear your thoughts on Housing First so please get in touch with us.

APPG for Ending Homelessness

The Federation sits on the APPG for Ending Homelessness. This year, the APPG looked at migrant homelessness, youth homelessness and rapid rehousing models. 

Our homelessness steering group

Our members shape our work on homelessness through the homelessness steering group.

Find out who sits on the group