Friday 27 April 2018

Housing alone won't end problem of long-term homelessness but it is a big part of the solution

An internal memo from the social work department in St James's Hospital, sent to doctors yesterday, warned that homeless people are now at significant risk
An internal memo from the social work department in St James's Hospital, sent to doctors yesterday, warned that homeless people are now at significant risk

Niamh Randall

Homelessness rarely has one single cause.Primary causes relate to poverty, inequality and lack of affordable housing, often coupled with systems failures and individual circumstance.

The Simon Communities deal with them all. We work with over 5,000 people a year, including those who are homeless or at risk of it. We have seen an increase of over 24pc in the numbers of people turning to us for help, and it's getting worse.

Housing alone will not end long-term homelessness; it is a big part of the solution but not the only part. It's an approach the Government says it will implement to achieve its goals to end long-term homelessness and rough sleeping by 2016.

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