In some parts of England, people are sleeping rough because no accommodation services will accept people who are actively using drugs. This doesn't have to be the case. Homelessness services can take a harm reduction approach and work positively with people, whether or not abstinence is their goal. 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 people using drugs in accommodation such as hostels.
In Episode 4 of Series 4 of the Going Beyond Podcast, we speak to Ellie McNeil, Chief Executive for YMCA Together and Kevin Flemen, Founder and Manager of the drug awareness service KFx. We speak about drug use in supported accommodation settings and the importance of writing and implementing policies in this area.
Take a look at our guidance on how to create a drugs policy for your organisation.