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APPG for Ending Homelessness launches inquiry into progress towards Government rough sleeping target

APPG for Ending Homelessness launches inquiry:

"Is the Government on track to meet its manifesto commitment to ‘end the blight of rough sleeping’ by the end of this Parliament?"

"We will also end the blight of rough sleeping by the end of the next Parliament by expanding successful pilots and programmes such as the Rough Sleeping Initiative and Housing First, and working to bring together local services to meet the health and housing needs of people sleeping on the streets." - Conservative general election manifesto, 2019

The APPG for Ending Homelessness (APPGEH) will be holding an inquiry into the Government’s progress towards its welcome manifesto commitment to ‘end the blight of rough sleeping by the end of the next Parliament’ in 2024.

As part of our inquiry the APPGEH is calling for evidence from both homelessness organisations and people with direct experience of homelessness.

For more information on how submit evidence, please visit:

Submit evidence as an organisation

Submit evidence as an individual

Since this pledge in the 2019 general election, the homelessness landscape in England has been transformed. During the pandemic, the importance of a safe and secure home for someone’s health and wellbeing has been made absolutely clear.

Under the Everyone In initiative, local authorities were instructed to protect and support people facing homelessness from the dangers of coronavirus by taking them off the streets and providing them with a safe space to self-isolate. We know that this scheme undoubtedly saved lives - people experiencing homelessness are three times more likely to experience a chronic health problem such as a respiratory condition.

Since Everyone In, the Westminster Government has reiterated its commitment to ending rough sleeping through funding programmes such as the Rough Sleeping Initiative and the Rough Sleeping Accommodation Programme and a commitment to updating the Rough Sleeping Strategy.

Looking beyond the pandemic, with numbers of rough sleepers at the lowest level since 2013, the Government now believes they are at a ‘defining moment’ and within ‘touching distance’ of reaching this ambition.

This inquiry will discuss what further action needs to be taken to make this shared ambition a reality by 2024 and what the Government must do to ensure rough sleeping in England is rare, brief and non-recurrent.

As part of our inquiry the APPGEH is calling for evidence from both homelessness organisations and people with direct experience of homelessness.

For more information on how submit evidence, please visit

Submit evidence as an organisation

Submit evidence as an individual

This call for evidence is open from 13 April until 20 May after which the APPGEH will be producing a written report with recommendations for Government.