Some of the solutions to achieve this sit within ambitious local organisations.
Through our grant programmes, we aim to identify, encourage, scale, and improve this practice across Great Britain, continually learning from the results.
Three grant programmes launched since March 2020
Supporting over 200 organisations across Great Britain
£3.45 million invested
Best Practice grants support new and innovative approaches to ending homelessness across Crisis' four priority themes - rapid rehousing, prevention, welfare and homelessness among non-UK nationals. The latest funding round was in 2022.
Home For All grants supported organisations moving to, or continuing along a housing-led approach to ending homelessness.
In This Together small grants and large grants supported local homelessness organisations’ emergency response to the coronavirus outbreak. (Please note: only projects supported by the In This Together large grant programme are listed below.)
Our grant programmes are currently closed to new applications.
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We funded a digital inclusion pilot to support Aberdeen Cyrenians service users during and after the coronavirus outbreak.
Aberdeen Cyrenians created a social lettings agency for the city to provide affordable, secure and decent accommodation - alongside community-based support - for people facing homelessness.
Action Foundation has developed a cross-subsidy model to house more asylum seekers and refugees and expand its offer for migrants with No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF).
Action Homeless set up a dedicated pandemic response team to move people out of emergency accommodation and into suitable homes, covering increased private rented sector access costs.
Anawim has a six-bed accommodation provision for women transitioning from prison into the community. We are funding a Housing Officer to provide a drop-in service for housing related advice and other support.
Ashford Place's Boost Up Young Homeless project addresses gaps in homelessness provision for people under 25. It provides rapid rehousing for young people in the private rented sector, complete with wrap-around support throughout the duration of their tenancy.
Ashley Community Housing is running a Critical Time Intervention (CTI) programme for refugees who have recently been granted leave to remain and are leaving National Asylum Support Service (NASS) accommodation. This is the only CTI project working with this group in the UK that we are aware of.
Aspire Oxfordshire converted buildings into self-contained accommodation during the pandemic, and employed a move-on worker to help people into permanent homes alongside additional Housing First provision.
We are funding ASSIST Sheffield’s Filling the Void project. Through this, the charity is exploring the feasibility of using Housing Association voids for people with No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF).
Back on the Map's project seeks to prevent homelessness in an area of high turnover of properties by proactively delivering a package of support to tenants and prospective tenants through their Community Services and Housing teams.
Birmingham and Solihull Women's Aid's webchat service helped women continue to access support during the pandemic.
Our funding has enabled the Boaz Trust to provide accommodation and specialist support for newly recognised refugees. People move on in their own time and those who wish to stay continue to pay rent, which subsidises wider support work and accommodation for people with no recourse to public funds.
The Booth Centre is a community centre in Manchester run for and with people affected by homelessness. We are funding an expansion of its prevention service to provide specialist employment, learning, welfare and immigration support to women who are homeless and have pre-settled status or who are awaiting the outcome of their status.
Churches Housing Action Team employed a specialist debt adviser in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
After its face to face services for people facing homelessness ceased during the pandemic, Citizens Advice Cheshire North increased supervision and equipment for staff and volunteers working from home.
We funded Citizens Advice Worcester and SmartMove's Tenancy Training and Support Coordinators to provide increased services, helping people to find and sustain private rented sector accommodation following the pandemic.
We funded an emergency expansion of Clan Childlaw's legal services to prevent homelessness among care leavers and young people during and coming out of the coronavirus outbreak.
In response to the coronavirus outbreak, Community Links set up a new homelessness prevention service to help people in Newham at risk of eviction or homelessness with advice, guidance and specialist support.
We are funding Coventry Haven to prevent recurring homelessness and admissions to its refuge by helping women and their children integrate into their new community, working with schools and securing priority routes into specialist services for children.
Coventry and Refugee Migrant Centre is leading the call to end migrant homelessness across Coventry. It is sourcing and providing additional accommodation together with personalised support, including legal advice and a therapeutic offer.
Domestic Abuse Safety Unit North Wales (DASU) is employing a specialist worker to deliver the IRIS Programme in nine GP surgeries. The programme is an evidence-based early intervention initiative, that improves health service responses to domestic abuse.
We funded two DASU staff to provide extra support to women facing domestic violence and homelessness in North Wales during the pandemic.
Derby City Mission has created two Navigator roles in its team to provide intense one-to-one support to people moved into Housing Association accommodation.
Emmaus Bristol provided a financial support at the equivalent of housing benefit for three people with No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) during the pandemic.
We funded extra staff costs for EVA Women's Aid during the pandemic.
Ethnic Minorities and Youth Support Team (EYST) is running a project in Swansea for people who are Appeal Rights Exhausted or destitute, providing wraparound support that assists people to move forward with their asylum case and out of destitution.
We funded Goleudy to repurpose and upgrade its supported temporary accommodation in response to coronavirus requirements, and move towards a rapid rehousing service.
Our funding is helping Home4U meet increased demand on its services and provide accommodation and legal advice for destitute asylum seekers.
Hope at Home is the only UK charity providing a hosting scheme for people escaping modern day slavery. It is developing its model and reach, and strengthening the call for policy change around people with No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF).
Humbercare scaled up and adapted its support and accommodation offer for people released from prison during the pandemic.
Justlife supports people living in poor circumstances in temporary accommodation. The charity brought on an additional worker to adapt its service and reach people further isolated by the coronavirus outbreak.
Leeds Gypsy and Traveller Exchange is reducing homelessness in the Gypsy and Traveller community through their sustainable tenancies’ advocacy model. Our funding will help understand what choice and control looks like for people whom traditional bricks and mortar solutions to housing need may not be suitable.
We funded a Trauma-informed Housing Worker at the Magdalene Group to increase the specialist support it could provide women and young people during the pandemic.
Only A Pavement Away helps people facing disadvantage and experiencing homelessness into employment in the hospitality sector. We are funding a new dedicated homelessness sector Development Worker to help more people find work.
The Open Door Accommodation Project (ODAP) Community Outreach Service supports young people aged 16-25 with their short-term housing needs while working towards longer-term independent living. The project also provides resettlement support once a permanent tenancy is offered, and links in with a local tenancy support service where needed.
Path is working to increase the amount of good quality, affordable private rented sector options for people moving out of temporary accommodation. In this project, Path is leasing homes in order to bear the ‘risk’ of tenants not likely to be offered property on the open market.
The homelessness and health charity Pathway sourced personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect people from coronavirus.
Positive Action in Housing's Refugee & Migrants Homelessness Advice Service supports people into secure housing, allowing them to move from “destitution to contribution." Alongside this, its Rooms for Refugees Project provides stability through volunteer hosts, enabling guests to resolve legal applications and find a positive, productive housing outcome.
Positive Steps' intensive housing support team provided a 'housing plus' element in respond to the increased needs of vulnerable adults during the pandemic.
Public Law Project has developed a unique consultancy offer for Crisis Skylights in partnership with local law centres . The project provides specialist EUSS (immigration) and welfare benefit advice across three geographical areas.
Rentstart houses and provides ongoing support to people in the private rented sector. In response to the pressures of the coronavirus outbreak on the charity's clients, Rentstart increased its staff hours and created a new post to prevent anyone being pushed into homelessness.
Rock Trust works with young people between the ages of 16-25 who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. It developed specialist support to help young people into accommodation during the pandemic.
Rowan Alba's project takes advantage of empty accommodation in Edinburgh to expand its intensive 24-hour support model for people with substance misuse issues who need more than Housing First can provide.
We are funding a Programme Officer to deliver Settle's programme for young people aged 18-25 living independently for the first time, providing support with tenancies, finances and wellbeing in partnerships with housing associations and local authorities.
Spitalfields Crypt Trust is piloting its ‘Addiction Recovery meets Homeless Health’ project for between three and five people who have been long-term rough sleeping and are not ready to commit to abstinence. The project has strong fidelity to the Housing First principles and model.
St Petrocs adapted to meet the increased demand on its services alongside the challenges of supporting people facing homelessness and the pandemic in rural areas.
A new ‘Prevent and Retain’ project worker will help St Petrocs to provide person-centred and client-led support, helping people rough sleeping to find and sustain private rented accommodation (a particular challenge given the number of holiday lets in the local Cornwall area).
Our funding enables Stonepillow, alongside partners across West Sussex, to provide Housing First for people coming out of hotels for the next two years.
Our funding enabled Sufra NW London to coordinate food service delivery during the pandemic.
In response to the coronavirus outbreak, Turning Tides increased its mentoring and befriending and virtual wellbeing offer for people who are rough sleeping or vulnerably housed, alongside developing resources for digital inclusion.
We funded Wycombe Homeless Connection's homelessness prevention service and a new Advocacy Worker post to prevent evictions during the pandemic.
YMCA Dulverton Group updated its case management system to improve its data collection and analysis and meet the increased demand on its services during the pandemic.
YMCA North Tyneside is working to reduce the time young people are in supported temporary accommodation, moving them quickly into independent homes and increasing permanent options.