Policy library

Policy, research and good practice work forms a major part of Shelter's efforts to address and find solutions for homelessness and housing issues. In this section you can browse through the reports, factsheets, briefings and policy consultation responses that we produce.

All policy documents

Housing First - a Good Practice Briefing

Applicable to: England
Published:  November 2008

The housing first model was developed in the United States and has demonstrated high degrees of success in both housing and supporting those who are chronically street homeless with multiple and complex needs. It is founded on the principle of housing being a basic human right and provides permanent accommodation for people straight from the street. The model has no preconditions of addressing wider social care and support needs. Read summary and download 

Homes for the Future - A new analysis of housing need and demand in England

Applicable to: England
Published:  November 2008

England is facing a severe shortage of affordable homes, a problem that lies at the heart of the country’s housing crisis. As the population increases, this shortage will only get worse, unless we can increase the delivery of affordable homes. Shelter’s new research shows that to meet newly arising need and demand, we must build a greater proportion of social rented and intermediate homes than currently envisaged. Erratum: amendments made to the data in the regional map (inside front cover) and Table 5 (page 14), February 2009. Read summary and download 

Policy briefing - Worklessness and social housing

Applicable to: England
Published:  November 2008

The Hills Review of social housing found that nearly one-third of the nine million people not in work in England were resident in the social rented sector. This briefing looks at the reasons behind this high rate of worklessness, considers government initiatives to combat such worklessness, and puts forward options for reform. Read summary and download 

Response - Transforming places, changing lives

Applicable to: England
Published:  November 2008

Shelter welcomes this opportunity to respond to the Department for Communities and Local Government consultation – Transforming places; changing lives: A framework for regeneration. Regeneration presents the opportunity to develop localised responses to address deprivation and need. Focusing regeneration in particular areas enables coordinated planning of housing, social infrastructure and promotion of economic growth. Housing is an essential element of, and in many cases will lead, regeneration programmes. Read summary and download 

Response - OFT Irresponsible Lending

Applicable to: England
Published:  October 2008

Shelter welcomes this scoping paper on the Office of Fair Trading’s (OFT) irresponsible lending project and agrees that greater clarity is needed as to the definition of irresponsible lending for the purpose of fitness tests under section 25 of the Consumer Credit Act. The expected outcome of guidance for credit licensees will be particularly useful in helping lenders to identify good practice and should be more detailed and comprehensive than the existing 1997 Non-Status Lending Guidance. Read summary and download 

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