Call for evidence on reducing homelessness: our response
We think the new Homelessness Reduction Act has had an impact in helping people at risk of becoming homeless, but there’s still more that can be done.
When the Government asked housing associations for their thoughts on the Act and whether it should be expanded on, we were keen to get involved and have our say.
We support the Act. It’s encouraged different bodies to work together and made it faster for people at risk of becoming homeless to find out about their options. This is especially true for those who are lower priority for housing by their local council, e.g. single adults and working households.
But it could go further. Our top recommendations to make it more effective are:
- Replace the “Duty to Refer” with a “Duty to Collaborate”, to make sure local agencies work together to help each at risk person along their journey
- Make sure ring-fenced funding is available to support vulnerable people to keep their tenancies
- Introduce Homelessness Reduction Boards who can oversee the organisations responsible for supporting people at risk of homelessness and ensure they’re fully joined up.