13 June 2022
The pandemic highlighted the need for secure, affordable homes, especially for those hardest hit: low-paid key workers, rough sleepers, families in temporary accommodation and people in unsuitable, unsupported or overcrowded homes. It has also highlighted the need for support services, a robust welfare system, and safeguards for employment. Housing associations play a key role in preventing and ending rough sleeping, and have been heavily involved in alleviating rough sleeping and homelessness during the pandemic. They have cooperated with partners to help keep people secure at home and get the support they need, and rehouse rough sleepers.
The NHF submitted a response to the APPG for Ending Homelessness’ (APPGEH) inquiry into the government’s progress towards its welcome manifesto commitment to ‘end the blight of rough sleeping by the end of the next Parliament’ in 2024. The ‘Everyone In’ programme to assist rough sleepers through the covid 19 crisis is hailed as one of the most effective pieces of partnership working in this area. It is vital that we build on its success to achieve the government’s target of ending rough sleeping by 2024.
In our response we have answered the questions set out in the inquiry and summarised key lessons learned from the pandemic