Housing and Homelessness

A Review of Government Policies that have an Impact on the Single Homeless

  • Published 1st Oct 2004
  • Authors: Naomi Parsons, , Guy Palmer,
  • Category: Housing and Homelessness

This paper is a review of Government policies that can potentially benefit single homeless people. It was commissioned by Crisis to inform their work on hidden homelessness and is the reference document for some of the recommendations made within the Crisis report: ‘Hidden Homelessness: 17 Solutions’, published in September 2004.

The intention has been to focus on policies outside of the ODPM Homeless and Supported Housing Directorate (HSHD), in response to the wide range of factors that cause and perpetuate homelessness, including lack of work and income, poor education and skills and poor health, as well as a lack of affordable housing.

The focus on single homelessness is in response to the fact most people who are homeless but not provided with permanent accommodation by their local authorities are single and that Government tends to view single homeless people as a lower priority than homeless families.

The recommendations divide into three broad groups:

  • Areas where Government needs policies which respond to the specific needs of homeless people: work; education and skills; and advice and support.
  • Areas where current Government policy effectively discriminates against homeless people: low income; housing benefit; and affordable rented housing.
  • Areas where the voluntary sector needs to be taking advantage of recent developments in Government policy: health.

About this report
This report was funded by Crisis and written by Naomi Parsons and Guy Palmer. The facts presented and views expressed in this report are those of the authors and not necessarily those of Crisis.