Where possible, it is better to work with someone to prevent their homelessness, rather than trying to resolve the problem when they are at crisis point.

There are different ways that homelessness can be prevented, depending on the person who is approaching you for help:

  • Speedy access to financial support
  • Tenancy sustainment through negotiating with private and social landlords
  • Intervening before individuals leave state institutions
  • Family mediation
  • Support for victims of domestic violence
  • Multi-agency working.

HRA Implementation Project

The 2017 Homelessness Reduction Act (HRA) required local authorities to intervene earlier to prevent homelessness. We worked with five local authorities to help them implement the new duties, and have now established a wider local authority practice network to benefit from and inform the next phase of our work.

Visit our project page to learn more about our work with local authorities and access resources.

Supporting local authorities to prevent homelessness in Wales

We are delighted to have secured funding from the Oak Foundation to partner with six local authorities in Wales. Our project will support the identification and development of local solutions to reduce the number of people 'falling out' of the Housing (Wales) Act legislation.

We are using the term ‘fall out’ to describe the combined group of people who are recorded as: assistance refused, non co-operation, application withdrawn, application withdrawn due to loss of contact, and other reasons. Our aim is to increase successful prevention and relief outcomes for these people and for those who may do so in the future. This will help to eliminate repeat homelessness and its associated costs.

The project started in January 2021 and we will share tools and findings on an ongoing basis. Please get in touch at bestpractice@crisis.org.uk if you would like more information.

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