Preventing Homelessness

By: Deborah Garvie  Published: June 2016


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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