Autism and Homelessness

Good practice guidance to help homelessness teams improve their support to people  who are, or may be, autistic

Research by Dr Alasdair Churchard has shown that there seems to be a much higher prevalence of autism among people supported by rough sleeping and homelessness services than in the general population.

In response to these findings, this toolkit has been created to help staff in homelessness services understand:

  • some of the signs that a person might be autistic
  • how autism might change the way that people engage with services and support
  • how staff can tailor their responses to better meet the needs of autistic people

A multi-agency group with Resources for Autism, Westminster City Council, St Mungo's, National Autistic Society and Homeless Link created the toolkit, which includes case studies from homelessness charities and autistic people.

Autism and Homelessness

Toolkit (2019) and briefing (2015) for staff in homelessness services, to help you better support people who are known to be, or may be, autistic.


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Tasmin Maitland

Assistant Director, Practice and Partnerships

Tasmin leads our Innovation & Good Practice and Partnerships teams. Current team projects include: Communities of Practice, Ending Women's Homelessness Fund, Housing First Fund, London PLUS, Youth Homelessness, Housing First England, Reboot, Counts & Estimates, and our effective practice guidance and toolkits.

Telephone: 020 7840 4451
Twitter: @Tasmin_IGP