Crisis outlines five key principles for how rough sleeping can best be tackled:

  • Recognising the diverse needs of rough sleepers
  • Acting fast
  • Actively reaching out to rough sleepers and providing accommodation
  • Focusing on settled housing
  • Having a person-centred approach, allowing choice

Crisis argues that a key step that needs to take place to stop homelessness is to change the public’s attitudes towards homelessness, specifically challenging stereotypes about homeless people and the view that homelessness is inevitable.

Homeless Link places a significant focus on homelessness prevention, arguing that it is more effective to put measures in place to stop people becoming homeless rather than waiting until people are already homeless to help them. They suggest that homelessness prevention requires building a relationship with service users, a holistic and flexible approach, collaboration between all relevant service providers, and well-trained staff. They also call on the government to tackle the structural causes of homelessness by increasing the availability of affordable housing, reducing poverty and narrowing the gap between benefit levels and rents.

At DASH, we aim to provide our service users with the support they need to move into permanent accommodation, find secure employment and break the cycle of homelessness.

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