Homeless Link’s strategy to end homelessness - April 2021 - April 2024
As the membership body for the homelessness sector in England, with over 800 members, Homeless Link is in a unique position to see both the scale and nature of the tragedy of homelessness. We see the data gaps; the national policy barriers; the constraints of both funding and expertise; the system blocks and attitudinal obstacles. But, crucially, we also see – and are instrumental in developing – the positive practice and ‘what works’ solutions.
Key to those solutions is the tireless work our growing body of members do across the country to support, enable and empower people experiencing or at risk of homelessness. More and more we have seen the positive impact of cross-sector collaborative approaches to tackling homelessness and multiple disadvantage, especially in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. We have witnessed first-hand the growing power of digital and data-driven approaches that complement traditional face-to-face work. And the voices of people with lived experience of homelessness – the real experts – are growing stronger.
As an organisation we believe that things can and should be better: not because we are naïve or cut off from reality, but because we have seen and experienced radical positive change in the way systems and services are delivered – and that gives us hope for a different future.
This new Strategic Plan presents a roadmap for achieving that change. We want our members – the beating heart of all we do – to come on this journey with us. To end homelessness for good by ensuring everyone has a place to call home and the support they need to keep it. And moreover, to help create positive futures for all individuals experiencing homelessness or living in vulnerable housing situations.
Here is our journey. Come with us.