Laura Sharman 11 June 2018

Homelessness could be eradicated within 10 years, argues charity

Homelessness in Britain could be ended within a decade if the right polices were introduced, according to a new report.

Everybody In: How to end homelessness in Great Britain, published by Crisis, outlines a £9.9bn package of measures that are needed to give every homeless person a stable home within 10 years.

This includes building 100,500 social homes every year for the next 15 years, and a national rollout of Housing First.

The report estimates the plan would cost £9.9bn to deliver over the next decade, but would generate benefits worth £26.4bn.

Crisis also said more support was needed for people once they are housed such as longer tenancies, the reform of housing benefit and for job centres to have homelessness specialists.

‘For the first time ever, we have a comprehensive plan that shows exactly how we can address the root causes of homelessness and make it a thing of the past,’ said Jon Sparkes, chief executive of Crisis.

‘Other parts of the world are taking huge strides towards ending it, and Britain can too. We must not become a society that simply accepts homelessness as “a sad fact of life”, because the good news is that we know it doesn’t have to be this way.’

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