Homeless Link responds to PM’s £40million homelessness prevention programme announcement
Rick Henderson, Chief Executive of Homeless Link, comments:
“At first glance, this programme of targeted interventions looks promising. It is vital that resources are assigned to preventing homelessness and relieving its root causes, reducing the need for fire-fighting once the damage has been done. A focus on ending street homelessness and addressing the complex needs of entrenched rough sleepers is also hugely welcome. But the detail is important here and we are keen to see how DCLG awards the funding, and monitors the impact of the money in how it contributes to preventing and ending homelessness.
“Ideally the Government will now back this programme up by supporting the Homelessness Reduction Bill, and developing a national homelessness strategy with a joined up approach, to ensure that the most vulnerable in society have the help they need to get their lives back on track.”