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In the long term, as well as having the buildings and beds we need in supported housing, we also need funding for the support that must go with it.

Since the removal of the Supporting People ring-fence 

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desperate situation getting worse by the day.

The reasons people end up rough sleeping and the solutions to helping them are complex - that is why we were pleased so many government departments and sector organisations were brought together to develop the strategy.

While we would have liked to see more of this cross-department working and a greater representation of people with lived experience involved, they did engage people who knew what they were doing and what would make a difference and they listened.

“Despite Tuesday’s green paper bringing important focus to social housing in this country, with no promise of new money to build genuinely affordable homes it did little to address this worry”

It also contains some good practical measures, including rough sleeping navigators, and money for new initiatives and pilots, such as flexible support funding to help people at risk of rough sleeping and pilots of ‘somewhere safe to stay.’

However, secure and affordable housing is simply in short supply in England. And despite Tuesday’s green paper bringing important focus to social housing in this country, with no promise of new money to build genuinely affordable homes it did little to address this worry. We need to build more homes for rough sleepers, for those at risk of becoming homeless, and to meet need across the country.

“A systematic joined-up approach is starting to emerge from Government”

We also need a full and frank assessment of the impact of welfare reform on rough sleeping, something that is currently lacking in the strategy, and is having an adverse and drastic impact on the lives of women and children especially.

These announcements show a systematic joined-up approach is starting to emerge from Government - but it still needs to be broadened to take into account welfare and supply.

The Government must keep the dialogue open with our sector and across governmental departments to build a sustainable, holistic and impactful strategy. Only then, can we start to build the homes the country desperately needs and guarantee everyone has a secure, safe place to stay to get on with their lives.

desperate situation getting worse by the day.

The reasons people end up rough sleeping and the solutions to helping them are complex - that is why we were pleased so many government departments and sector organisations were brought together to develop the strategy.

While we would have liked to see more of this cross-department working and a greater representation of people with lived experience involved, they did engage people who knew what they were doing and what would make a difference and they listened.

“Despite Tuesday’s green paper bringing important focus to social housing in this country, with no promise of new money to build genuinely affordable homes it did little to address this worry”

It also contains some good practical measures, including rough sleeping navigators, and money for new initiatives and pilots, such as flexible support funding to help people at risk of rough sleeping and pilots of ‘somewhere safe to stay.’

However, secure and affordable housing is simply in short supply in England. And despite Tuesday’s green paper bringing important focus to social housing in this country, with no promise of new money to build genuinely affordable homes it did little to address this worry. We need to build more homes for rough sleepers, for those at risk of becoming homeless, and to meet need across the country.

“A systematic joined-up approach is starting to emerge from Government”

We also need a full and frank assessment of the impact of welfare reform on rough sleeping, something that is currently lacking in the strategy, and is having an adverse and drastic impact on the lives of women and children especially.

These announcements show a systematic joined-up approach is starting to emerge from Government - but it still needs to be broadened to take into account welfare and supply.

The Government must keep the dialogue open with our sector and across governmental departments to build a sustainable, holistic and impactful strategy. Only then, can we start to build the homes the country desperately needs and guarantee everyone has a secure, safe place to stay to get on with their lives.

desperate situation getting worse by the day.

The reasons people end up rough sleeping and the solutions to helping them are complex - that is why we were pleased so many government departments and sector organisations were brought together to develop the strategy.

While we would have liked to see more of this cross-department working and a greater representation of people with lived experience involved, they did engage people who knew what they were doing and what would make a difference and they listened.

“Despite Tuesday’s green paper bringing important focus to social housing in this country, with no promise of new money to build genuinely affordable homes it did little to address this worry”

It also contains some good practical measures, including rough sleeping navigators, and money for new initiatives and pilots, such as flexible support funding to help people at risk of rough sleeping and pilots of ‘somewhere safe to stay.’

However, secure and affordable housing is simply in short supply in England. And despite Tuesday’s green paper bringing important focus to social housing in this country, with no promise of new money to build genuinely affordable homes it did little to address this worry. We need to build more homes for rough sleepers, for those at risk of becoming homeless, and to meet need across the country.

“A systematic joined-up approach is starting to emerge from Government”

We also need a full and frank assessment of the impact of welfare reform on rough sleeping, something that is currently lacking in the strategy, and is having an adverse and drastic impact on the lives of women and children especially.

These announcements show a systematic joined-up approach is starting to emerge from Government - but it still needs to be broadened to take into account welfare and supply.

The Government must keep the dialogue open with our sector and across governmental departments to build a sustainable, holistic and impactful strategy. Only then, can we start to build the homes the country desperately needs and guarantee everyone has a secure, safe place to stay to get on with their lives.

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