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

A long way from home: mental distress and long-term homelessness - a Good Practice Briefing

Applicable to: England
Published:  December 2008

The prevalence of mental health needs among those experiencing homelessness and the difficulties they face when attempting to access mainstream mental health services are well documented. Shelter’s research shows that people with mental health problems are at a greater risk of experiencing long-term, damaging homelessness. This continues to occur despite recent changes in policy and the introduction of high-profile reports and practice guidelines. Read summary and download 

Building blocks - Exploring ways to deliver more affordable homes in the housing downturn

Applicable to: England
Published:  December 2008

This Shelter Regional Campaigns discussion paper explores ideas for delivering affordable housing during the housing market downturn. Read summary and download 

Response - Tolerated Trespassers: Successor Landlord Cases

Applicable to: England
Published:  December 2008

We warmly welcome the reforms to be brought about by Schedule 11 of the Housing and Regeneration Act 2008. The concept of the tolerated trespasser, and the line of cases which has flowed from it, has been disastrous for the law of landlord and tenant and has led to significant injustice. 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 

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 

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