Supporting Couples

How can accommodation services work positively with couples experiencing homelessness?

Homelessness services have historically been reluctant to offer housing and support to couples. As a result, people may be faced with a choice between their housing and their partner, and this often extends the time they are homeless on the streets.

This guidance includes practice from two hostel providers, Look Ahead and Riverside, who take a positive approach to housing couples. Services can use these documents to review how they support joint households, so that the sector as a whole starts to offer a more personalised response to ending homelessness.

Supporting Couples in homelessness services

homeless couple

This briefing explores how services can house and support people who experience homelessness as part of a couple, with an appendix on welfare benefits and joint claims.


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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