Commitment to Refer

Sign up to show your organisation’s commitment to ending homelessness through our Commitment to Refer.

What is the Commitment to Refer?

From 1 October 2018, 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.

This idea has been discussed with many housing associations already through chief executive forum meetings and our recent series of homelessness workshops. The response so far has been overwhelmingly positive with over 200 of our members already signed up. This is clearly an issue housing associations care about.

How can I sign up?

We want every housing association to sign up to the Commitment to Refer.

We appreciate that in many cases housing associations are already referring those at risk of homelessness, so this is about making a positive, public statement that shows housing associations are serious about ending homelessness.

Signing up is simple, just email us your name, job title and organisation name.

If you’ve already signed up, make sure you take a look at the guidance on the Commitment to Refer we’ve prepared, as it details how to implement the commitment you’ve agreed to.

Who’s already signed up?

Over 200 housing associations have already signed up. You can see a full list of who they are, with the option to filter by local authority, in our interactive graphic below.

Please get in touch if you have any questions about the Commitment to Refer and our ongoing work to help end homelessness.