It is vital that individuals experiencing homelessness are given the right support to meet their needs and aspirations and improve wellbeing. This applies to everyone but particular groups face specific challenges.
Developing tools and resources to support people experiencing homelessness into a wide range of employment, volunteering and life skills training opportunities
Increasing our support for activities that encourage wellbeing, self-expression and empowerment, in particular by promoting community-based solutions based on individual needs and wants
Ensuring that the key role faith-based and non-commissioned community organisations can play in supporting people out of homelessness is fully recognised and acknowledged, both locally and nationally
Championing Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion both in our own work and across the sector, ensuring that the diverse needs of people experiencing homelessness are identified and met in the most appropriate ways
Ensuring the specific needs of women and young people experiencing or at risk of homelessness are recognised in both policy and practice, including in local commissioning arrangements and national strategies
Continuing our work as part of the Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM) coalition to improve the way that services across different sectors support people facing multiple disadvantage and create long-term changes to local and national systems
Identifying and promoting policy and practice approaches that effectively meet the housing, support and advice needs of non-UK citizens who are homeless and those with no recourse to public funds
Ending women's homelessness
Women make up 60% of adults in temporary accommodation. While women are recorded to make up a small proportion of those rough sleeping, because women are less prone to sleeping in visible locations (for their safety among other reasons)it is unlikely that this is an accurate reflection of the extent of women's homelessness. Women who occupy refuges are also not recorded in official statistics, despite being homeless.
Funded by Garfield Weston, our 'Ending Women's Homelessness Project (EWHP) aims to focus attention on the needs of women who are homeless. Following on from the work of the Ending Women's homelessness Fund (EWHF) our work is dedicated to supporting the sector to develop and innovate effective gender informed support for women experiencing homelessness.
Supporting Non-UK Nationals
We have developed a range of resources and training courses to equip homelessness services with the information and expertise to meet the needs of Non-UK Nationals.
This includes a free training programme we created with Praxis, supported by the Mayor of London, with online training, bitesize recordings, tailored workshops and an online community and advice service.
Resources and guidance for supporting Non-UK Nationals
We have a range of resources and guidance for supporting non-UK Nationals:
Working with refugees and people seeking asylum
Practical guidance for supporting people before and after receiving refugee status.
Supporting people with uncertain or restricted eligibility due to their immigration status
People with uncertain or restricted eligibility due to their immigration status are at high risk of homelessness and destitution because they cannot access mainstream housing, welfare benefits and employment. Read our guidance and briefing documents here.
Our Non-UK Nationals work (above) often highlights the challenges of racial discrimination. Although we are not actively commissioning any work solely around the challenges faced by People of Colour, we continue to highlight the excellent work being done by organisations, including some of our members, that is currently underway. For example:
- This research report from Herriot Watt University on homelessness amongst black and ethnic minoritised communities
- This blog on the invisibility of Black women who experience homelessness.
- This celebration of the work of our members.
- This blog about the BME Housing Sector
We also have a training course for homelessness staff on ‘Race, ethnicity and experiences of homelessness’ which challenges unconscious biases and understanding of issues and helps support and promote best working practices in services.
Supporting LGBTQI+ people
As a result, LGBTQI+ individuals can struggle to get the right support, delaying their progression out of homelessness and increasing the risk of further disadvantage or exclusion. We have worked with partners such as the Outside Project and akt to develop guidance and resource of services supporting LGBTQI+ people.