Alcohol Use in Homelessness Services

Improving the housing and support offer for people who drink

The needs of people experiencing homelessness are best met through a diverse range of provision. Yet, in some areas, there is a shortage of services willing to house individuals who are drinking at harmful or hazardous levels, particularly when they’re unready or unwilling to reduce their level of alcohol use. This means drinkers have no route off the streets. We need more accommodation services that will house people while drinking and offer sustained, person-centred support.

This guidance offers information and advice on how to engage and support individuals who are drinking at harmful levels. It is written for homelessness accommodation services that are willing and able to adopt either:

  • A high level of tolerance of residents’ alcohol use
  • Some tolerance of residents’ alcohol use

Alcohol Use in Homelessness Services

Guidance, informed by people with lived experience, on how services can house and support people who are continuing to drink at harmful levels.

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Tasmin Maitland

Head of innovation and good practice

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.

Telephone: 020 7840 4451
Email: tasmin.maitland@homelesslink.org.uk
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