This plan is the blueprint for ending homelessness in Great Britain. It also defines the new context for our work.
This appendix outlines how we will play our part over the next five years to help bring about a permanent end to homelessness in England, Scotland and Wales.
18.1 Introduction During the development of this plan, we were also developing our next five year strategy which starts in July 2018.
Crisis’ strategic plan 2018-2023
Our new strategy centres on implementing the plan to end homelessness. It focuses on making sure homeless people get the best possible benefit from our services and from our policy and campaigning work.
Crisis’ strategic goals
We carried out a wide-ranging consultation and planning process for our new strategy. The following five goals emerged:
The following sections summarise the key priority areas for the organisation over the next five years.
18.2 Policy prioritisation
We will pursue positive changes to the policies that cause, sustain and solve homelessness across Great Britain. This includes housing, welfare and migration policy and homelessness legislation.
We will work with governments and across party lines to build consensus and solutions in these areas.
18.3 National homelessness strategies
We will support all three national governments to produce and publish full plans to end homelessness.
We will support the good work already begun through the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group in Scotland. As this becomes the Homelessness Prevention and Strategy Group, and moves to the next stage in producing tangible reforms, we will play our part to ensure the reforms are as bold and effective as possible.
In England, we will support the development and implementation of the forthcoming rough sleeping strategy. We will continue to invest our resources in supporting the implementation of The Homelessness Reduction Act (2017).
Our goal will be met when administrations in England, Scotland and Wales each publish a comprehensive plan to end homelessness and make the necessary funding available.
18.4 Ending homelessness in local areas
Ending homelessness for more people using Crisis’ services, including those currently excluded from help or those with complex needs
18.7 ‘What works’ – building the evidence
Philanthropic funding has helped us set up a new Centre for Homelessness Impact with Glasgow Homelessness Network (GHN). The centre, launched in spring 2018, is building the evidence of how to effectively prevent and tackle homelessness. It is based in Glasgow, Edinburgh and London.
The centre is committed to filling the gaps in evidence. It will do this by involving government at local and national levels, as well as trusts and foundations, researchers, and others sharing our commitment to using evidence to achieve better results.
It will help policy-makers, commissioners and front line practitioners, to build and use evidence about ‘what works’. They will be supported to make effective use of resources and to improve impact. In all of its work, the centre will strive to make evidence accessible; this will be through training, support for innovation, and interactive tools.
The initial programme of work includes:
The work of the centre is important to Crisis but we, alongside GHN, are committed to ensuring it is an independent body. We anticipate this happening by spring 2019.
Homelessness has grown and will continue to do so unless a different approach is taken. The Crisis 2018- 23 strategy is about doing everything we can do, with others, to tackle this. In 2023 we want to look back on a successful five years and say that the end of homelessness is in sight.