A plan to end homelessness

In our anniversary year, we are taking action to make sure we are not still needed 50 years from now.

Working with others, we will produce a plan to show how together we can end homelessness once and for all.

What will the plan consist of?

The plan will present the practical solutions needed to end homelessness in Britain. These will be underpinned by evidence and examples of the change that needs to happen. The plan will be targeted at the politicians and decision makers who can make its aims a reality.


Why is Crisis doing this now?

We know more than ever about the causes of homelessness through our research and work, side by side, with tens of thousands of homeless people. Meanwhile, growing evidence from the UK and internationally shows that it can be ended. We want to make sure this is the generation to do it across Britain.

What is the timescale?

The plan will be developed throughout our 50th year. It will be published and put into effect from April 2018.


Whose homelessness will it end?

Homelessness is hard to define and numbers can vary. The plan will focus on those in most immediate need of support. This includes people:

  • who are sleeping rough
  • in emergency shelters and women's refuges
  • in hostels
  • in squats
  • in unsuitable non-residential buildings
  • in unsuitable temporary accommodation 
  • who are sofa surfing. 

Who else is involved?

We can't do this on our own. The plan will be developed in collaboration with other people and organisations with experience of homelessness who will contribute their expertise and ultimately help to make the plan work.

We will work with people who have been homeless themselves as well as policy makers and other organisations working in homelessness, health and education.

What is the end target?

We are not saying no one will ever be kicked out of their home or lose their job. However, the plan will provide solutions to prevent homelessness. It will deal with it quickly and permanently when it does still occur.

To develop the plan we will be working with others to define what ending homelessness looks like. At Crisis we have agreed the following definition. Ending homelessness should mean:

  • no one sleeping rough
  • no one living in shelters, hostels or other emergency accommodation without a plan to move into suitable and settled housing within an agreed appropriate timescale
  • no one homeless as a result of leaving the care system, prison or other state institution
  • everyone at immediate risk of homelessness gets the help that prevents it happening.

This paper explains it in more detail: A proposed definition for ending homelessness (PDF).

How are we going to produce the plan?

  • Throughout the year we will run a major consultation across Britain to gather the evidence and opinions of those who know homelessness and related issues best.
  • We will review and publish the best evidence about what has worked to reduce or end different forms of homelessness at home and abroad. On top of this we will commission new research to fill any gaps.
  • We will also carry out groundbreaking research to understand public attitudes about homelessness and how to gain public backing for the policies needed to end it.
  • Finally, we will build a groundswell of support for ending homelessness, ensuring the plan launches with movement behind it to put it into action.

Homelessness is not inevitable. We don't intend to be needed in 50 years' time. We will need your help end homelessness. Join us by highlighting your support for ending homelessness, adding your expertise to our plans or attending an event throughout the year. 


Conferences and events

Get involved by joining a consultation event to help develop the plan.



Ending Homelessness conference - England

20/04/2017, The Royal College of Physicians, 11 St Andrews Pl, Regent's Park, London NW1 4LE, 9:30am - 4:30pm

England event to launch our 50th year.



Ending Homelessness conference - Scotland

15/05/2017, The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Ln, Glasgow G1 3NU, 9:30am - 4:30pm

Scottish event to launch our 50th year.



Ending Homelessness conference - Wales

24/05/2017, City Hall, Gorsedd Gardens Rd Cardiff CF10 3ND, 9:30am - 4:30pm

Welsh event to launch our 50th year.

Help develop the plan

We will be running a national consultation to develop the solutions needed to end homelessness. If you have experience of homelessness, work in homelessness or a related sector such as health, criminal justice or welfare, or if you are in national or local government – we want to hear from you. Add your details here.

What you can do

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Homelessness is not inevitable

Read more about how other countries are working to end homelessness.

International plans to end homelessness