The plan will present the practical solutions needed to end homelessness in Britain. These will be underpinned by evidence and examples of the change that needs to happen. The plan will be targeted at the politicians and decision makers who can make its aims a reality.
We know more than ever about the causes of homelessness through our research and work, side by side, with tens of thousands of homeless people. Meanwhile, growing evidence from the UK and internationally shows that it can be ended. We want to make sure this is the generation to do it across Britain.
The plan will be developed throughout our 50th year. It will be published and put into effect from April 2018.
Homelessness is hard to define and numbers can vary. The plan will focus on those in most immediate need of support. This includes people:
We can't do this on our own. The plan will be developed in collaboration with other people and organisations with experience of homelessness who will contribute their expertise and ultimately help to make the plan work.
We will work with people who have been homeless themselves as well as policy makers and other organisations working in homelessness, health and education.
We are not saying no one will ever be kicked out of their home or lose their job. However, the plan will provide solutions to prevent homelessness. It will deal with it quickly and permanently when it does still occur.
To develop the plan we will be working with others to define what ending homelessness looks like. At Crisis we have agreed the following definition. Ending homelessness should mean:
This paper explains it in more detail: A proposed definition for ending homelessness (PDF).
Homelessness is not inevitable. We don't intend to be needed in 50 years' time. We will need your help end homelessness. Join us by highlighting your support for ending homelessness, adding your expertise to our plans or attending an event throughout the year.
Get involved by joining a consultation event to help develop the plan.
20/04/2017, The Royal College of Physicians, 11 St Andrews Pl, Regent's Park, London NW1 4LE, 9:30am - 4:30pm
England event to launch our 50th year.
15/05/2017, The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Ln, Glasgow G1 3NU, 9:30am - 4:30pm
Scottish event to launch our 50th year.
We will be running a national consultation to develop the solutions needed to end homelessness. If you have experience of homelessness, work in homelessness or a related sector such as health, criminal justice or welfare, or if you are in national or local government – we want to hear from you. Add your details here.