Welcome government investment to jointly target health and housing improvements

Thursday, 12 March 2015 - 12:56pm

The Department of Health has today announced a £55m fund to improve accommodation for people experiencing homelessness. 

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Photograph: Images_of_Money (Flickr)

The investment is designed to support health improvement through upgrading hostel accommodation and creating new low-rent homes for young people.

Commenting on the announcement, Rick Henderson, Chief Executive of umbrella body Homeless Link, said:

“This funding is positive news and will enable more vulnerable people to access the stable accommodation they need to get their lives back on track. Homeless people experience some of the poorest health in our society so investment which aims to improve people’s housing and health situation together should be welcomed.

“However, this is only sustainable with funding for support, health services and care for the people living there. The reality is many services have had to cut back on frontline staff, and only 4% get any investment from the NHS.

“Achieving the ambitious health targets this programme has set will require joint investment from health, social care and homelessness partners. We encourage commissioners to work together to ensure these projects deliver lasting change.” 

Homeless Link has long been calling for homelessness to be considered a public health issue. Our evaluation of the Homeless Hospital Discharge Fund showed the positive impact of health and housing services being jointly commissioned, but warned that this positive progress could be undone without continued investment. 

Full details about the funding and how to apply can be found here.

The unhealthy state of homelessness: Health audit results 2014

The unhealthy state of homelessness report explores the health and wellbeing of homeless people in England and the support that is available to them. 


Evaluation of the Homeless Hospital Discharge Fund

Homeless Link's evaluation of the £10m Department of Health Homeless Hospital Discharge Fund. 


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