All-Party Parliamentary Group for Ending Homelessness: Report 2017

In 2016 the All Party Parliamentary Group for Ending Homelessness (APPGEH) was formed with Crisis acting as Secretariat. The group, Co-chaired by Neil Coyle MP and Will Quince MP, used this Parliamentary year to conduct research into the homelessness prevention for three specific cohorts - care leavers, prison leavers and survivors of domestic violence. The APPGEH found these cohorts are not getting the housing support they need and are at significant risk of homelessness. However, the group found that their homelessness is preventable and as our report demonstrates, ending homelessness for these cohorts is also achievable.

This report is the culmination of a year’s worth of research and consultation. The APPGEH brought together MPs from different political parties, experts from across sectors, on the ground organisations and people with lived experience together to develop policy solutions. It held three inquiry sessions in Parliament and met with various organisations to evidence its solutions. This comprehensive report outlines the barriers to stable housing for these groups and delivers robust, realistic recommendations for Government.

Key findings

  • 20% of prisoners state they have no accommodation to go to on release
  • The Discharge Grant has not increased for 22 years and should be £90-95 if adjusted for inflation.
  • In 2016 6,550 people were accepted as homeless by their local authority because of a violent relationship breakdown, this accounts for 11% of all homeless acceptances
  • 20% of Crisis clients have experienced domestic violence
  • 605 care leavers aged 18-20 were accepted as statutorily homeless in England in 2015/16
  • The Department for Education does not collect data on care leavers after 21
  • In London, between January and March 2017, 11% of rough sleepers were care leavers and 37% had experience of being in prison


APPGEH (2017) All-Party Parliamentary Group for Ending Homelessness: Homelessness prevention for care leavers, prison leavers and survivors of domestic violence. London: Crisis.