Influencing the Government’s Rough Sleeping Strategy

This section covers the following:

  • What is the Rough Sleeping Strategy?
  • Our participation on the Rough Sleeping Advisory Panel
  • Ongoing work to support the Strategy

What is the Rough Sleeping Strategy?

The Rough Sleeping Strategy was published in August 2018 and outlines how the Government intends to end rough sleeping by 2027.

Backed by £100m of funding, it takes a three-pronged approach to ending rough sleeping through prevention, intervention and recovery.

If you want to find out more, read our summary and member briefing.

Our participation on the Rough Sleeping Advisory Panel

We worked closely with the Government as a member of the Rough Sleeping Advisory Panel, along with our members St Mungo’s, St Basils and Thames Reach, among others.

The panel was supported by five task and finish groups, which focused on:

  • data
  • intervention
  • prevention
  • recovery
  • long-term societal change.

The Federation chaired the recovery task and finish group, which – working with Homeless Link, Crisis, Hightown Housing, Homes for Cathy, Bristol City Council, and the Greater London Authority – developed recommendations on supply, support and access.

The Federation was also represented on the long-term societal change group.

Ongoing work to support the Strategy

The Federation intends to hold the Government to account on its commitments to review the Rough Sleeping Strategy and to develop a new strategy on homelessness more widely.

As the strategy says itself, housing associations “have a fundamental part to play in resolving the current crisis, and in delivering the future system of informed and robust prevention”, but to do so we need funding, oversight, and a recognition that to end rough sleeping, the root causes must be tackled too.

Supply and welfare must become integral in the conversation about how we end rough sleeping for good.

The Government’s work plan to support the Strategy is forthcoming and we will provide further information on this and our involvement in its implementation soon.