The Government have launched a rough sleeping strategy, in August 2018, to halve rough sleeping on England’s streets by 2022 and end it altogether by 2027.
The strategy will be backed by an additional £100 million and developed across government in conjunction with charities and experts. It lays out a 3- pronged approach to tackling rough sleeping, including:
- Preventing rough sleeping by providing timely support to those at risk
- Intervening to help people already on the streets get swift, targeted support
- Helping people recover, find a new home quickly and rebuild their lives.
The key focus of the plans will be to stop people becoming homeless in the first place. The new plan recognises that a housing led approach – giving people their own front door – is vital to restoring dignity and a sense of security, hope and recovery.
The Prime Minister Theresa May states:
‘The strategy launched today will help us act to prevent rough sleeping before it happens and make sure targeted support is reaching those that need it’.