professionals working in the homelessness sector and adjacent sectors
Commissioners, decision makers and funders.
Researchers in homelessness
Why is it relevant?
Poor literacy can be both a cause of homelessness and a barrier to escaping homelessness. It causes social isolation and prevents people accessing help that could be available
This report and charter is based on interviews with more than 50 professionals across a variety of sectors. It outlines some very practical steps that frontline organisations, education providers, and policy makers can take to improve the situation. It also identifies new areas for research and explains the role that partnerships can play.
What are the key takeaways?
At least 50% of adults affected by homelessness have inadequate reading and writing abilities for daily life.
Literacy services should be made universally accessible to adults who have been affected by trauma
Homelessness organisations can improve the way they work with people with literacy needs and must take more account of this in their frontline work.
Digital technologies can play a really important role in including people who have literacy needs.
There are many recommendations for local and national policy makers including having a national strategy and core curriculum for adult literacy.