Preventing Homelessness

By: Deborah Garvie  Published: June 2016


This paper looks at the current context that housing options operate in, the supply and legislative challenges, and calls for a renewed focus on strategic and targeted approaches to preventing homelessness.

Summary

Homelessness is not inevitable – it can and should be prevented. Local authorities already have a general legal duty prevent homelessness. However, in practice legislation has embedded a welcome – but limited – safety net, generally offering assistance only when a crisis is imminent and where people are in 'priority need'. We must move away from a crisis-driven approach to prevention to a more strategic and targeted approach.

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