Supporting people who use drugs

How can homelessness services support residents who use drugs, while remaining within the law?

All homelessness services should have a drugs policy based on the needs of the people using that service. A well-written policy gives teams confidence to offer support effectively and within the law. This includes being able to support active drug users in accommodation such as hostels.

These templates have been developed by Kevin Flemen at KFx specifically for the homelessness sector. Introductory document 'How to write your drugs policy' includes the Organisational Drug Aims Identification Tool (ODAIT), which organisations should use to assess which level of tolerance will be most effective for them.

Please refer to Homeless Link's Reducing Evictions and Abandonments Toolkit for further guidance on adopting flexible tolerance approaches when housing people with complex needs.

Drugs policy templates

An introductory guide and suite of templates for developing drugs policies that meet the needs of service users and housing providers' responsibilities under the law.


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Tasmin Maitland

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Tasmin leads our Innovation and Good Practice team, with projects including Housing First England, London PLUS, Youth Homelessness, Day Centres, Reboot, Counts & Estimates, and our effective practice guidance and toolkits.

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