Crisis response to DCLG’s consultation paper on the Homelessness Code of Guidance for Local Authorities

The Homelessness Reduction Act marks the most significant change to the homelessness legislation in 40 years and should ensure that thousands more people receive help to prevent their homelessness at a much earlier point. The Homelessness Code of Guidance for local authorities will play an essential role in helping to ensure that local authorities are able to put these changes into practice. The Act has the potential to drive a culture shift within homelessness services towards offering more meaningful, personalised support, focussed on working with households to identify the best solutions to prevent or resolve their homelessness.

The guidance should encourage local authorities to see past the minimum duties and act to prevent homelessness wherever possible. For the Act to be successful this must go beyond the housing authority and homelessness prevention must be embedded into every relevant government department and public service.

Read the full response from Crisis here

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