The roots of scandalous, widespread homelessness lie in a lack of affordable homes and years of failed housing policies.
Homelessness is often a complex and entrenched problem for individuals linked to other issues such as mental health, in-work poverty, substance misuse, the “hostile environment” approach to immigration including no recourse to public funds, domestic violence and family breakdown.
These have all been hugely under-resourced.
The solution can only be a concerted joined-up approach across Government with more affordable housing and more resources aimed at prevention. There must be urgency in fixing the supply deficit of help and of housing.
BASW is supporting campaigning organisations to tackle the issues of homelessness.