WORKING TOGETHER
WHO IS HOMELESS
The people we work with
7/10
are male
32%
have mental
health issues
Over ½
28%
are young
people
multiple
needs
Source: Annual Review 2014
1 in 4
33%
Offending
history
have drug
problems
SERVICE PRESSURES
INCREASED DEMAND, FEWER SERVICE
FEWER SERVICES
3% (33) fewer
Rough
Sleeping up
37% over
the last 3 years
accommodation
projects than
last year
3%
(1,104)
fewer bed
spaces than last
year
INCREASED DEMAND
Source: Annual Review 2014
EXTERNAL PRESSURES
COUNCIL
TAX
BENEFIT
HOMELESSNESS
services, support,
recovery,
resettlement
END OF
SOCIAL
FUND
DLA
to
PIP
TOTAL
BENEFI
T CAP
UNIVERSAL
CREDIT
ROLL OUT
SAR
CHANGES
EXEMPT
ACCOMM
RULE
LOCALISM
CUTS TO LA
BUDGETS
AUSTERITY
RECESSION
SANCTIONS
EXPERIENCES OF HOMELESS PEOPLE
Homeless Link’s A High Cost to Pay indicates that individuals who have experienced
homelessness are being disproportionately affected by benefit sanctions
In the 3 months to July 2013:
• One third of homeless people claiming JSA were sanctioned;
• 1 in 5 claiming ESA were sanctioned.
Of the services surveyed
• 98% reported homeless people
falling into rent arrears
• 86% reported homeless people
getting into debt
www.homeless.org.uk/sanctions
Impacts
• Sanctions leading to accommodation
problems such as rent arrears or
service charge arrears and eviction
• Clients’ existing problems are getting
worse as a result of sanctions, with
only a minority being motivated by
sanctions to find employment
WORK PROGRAMME
EXPERIENCES OF HOMELESS PEOPLE
KEY FINDINGS
• People aren’t identified as homeless
• The barriers into employment faced by people experiencing homelessness are
not identified and understood
• The most vulnerable do not receive the support they need
• Sanctions disproportionately affect those experiencing homeless.
The Programme’s Not Working report from Crisis, St Mungo’s and Homeless Link
draws upon surveys and interviews conducted by the three homelessness charities.
Source: The Programme’s Not Working; Experiences of Homeless People on the Work Programme
A High Cost to Pay: The Impact of Benefit Sanctions on Homeless People
WE HAVE CHANGED
Our VISION – An end to
Homelessness
• Help people to realise their
potential
• Access to good affordable
accommodation
• Personalised support
• Adequate income
The changes we’ve made
• Places of Change and Hostel
Improvement
• Housing First
• No Second Night Out
• Making every Adult Matter
“GIVE SOMEONE A BED AND A REASON TO GET OUT OF IT”
Emmaus
WORKING TOGETHER
1
Employment is the homelessness sector’s priority too
2
Support planning in homelessness services aims to move clients
forward and recognises the client’s distance travelled
3
Develop partnerships with local services, know what they do and the
support they offer
4
Identify and assess the needs of those experiencing homelessness
www.homeless.org.uk
DISCUSSION ONE
1
What does a successful partnership look like?
2
Where have you seen partnership working work well?
3
What do you need to make a partnership successful?
DISCUSSION TWO
What are you going to do next to
develop partnerships locally?
FEEDBACK
1
Give an example of good practice
2
What will you do next to develop partnerships locally?
3
Give one piece of information you will take away from
today
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Appendix 1 Sample Working Together