In March 2020, homelessness became a public health emergency.
Governments feared that those who couldn’t stay at home risked contracting and spreading the disease, and being cut off from access to food, support and shelter.
Within a few weeks, thousands of people experiencing homelessness in the UK were accommodated and supported, with a large proportion later moving from emergency to settled accommodation.
For example, rough sleeping in England fell by 37% from 4,270 on a single night in autumn 2019 to 2,690 the following year and to 2,440 people in autumn 2021.
A report by The Centre for Homelessness Impact and The International Public Policy Observatory (IPPO) suggests there are major policy lessons to be learned in order to tackle homelessness.
Download the report.
Key findings in the report include:
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