Ten year plan

Our ultimate goal is to create a society in which homelessness is prevented whenever possible or is otherwise a rare, brief and non-recurring experience.
We believe that by focusing on what works, by finding and funding solutions backed by evidence and data, we can end homelessness across the United Kingdom by 2030.
This is our roadmap for 
ending homelessness for good

Support communities with the implementation of cost-effective and data-informed practice and participating in development programmes which result in improved outcomes for people experiencing homelessness. This work will challenge the stigma and stereotypes attached to homelessness as the greater public begins to understand the causes and solutions to homelessness.


Build partnerships with 20% of local authorities across the UK and engage with people who work within the homelessness sector by building a programme of events, expanding our What Works Community, growing our End it With Evidence campaign, and helping the sector to learn how to use evidence and data to make decisions. Over time, this will allow us to record the evidence of our impact.

Generating evidence

We will deliver higher quality studies by participating in a number of trials involving cash transfer payments, landlords, out-of-borough placements, and young people in temporary accommodation. We will also start new research projects on rough sleeping, rapid housing and temporary accommodation. This will give policy-makers and practitioners the reliable data they need to make better decisions with limited resources


The Centre is now fully established and the sector has adopted a learning culture to tackle homelessness. Communities continue to learn how to best use the latest evidence and data to support people experiencing homelessness.


Expand the What Works Community to at least 50 local areas. Build the capacity of the sector to use evidence by delivering evidence surgeries, growing our lived-experience network, and our network of ambassadors. The uptake of making evidence-based decisions will encourage policy-makers to take a what works approach.

Generating evidence

Build partnerships with research councils and key What Works Centres in other social policy areas to help drive homelessness prevention and address research wastage. As a result, we will be able to continue on filling the gaps in evidence around preventing, detecting and responding to homelessness with studies of a higher quality.


Homelessness - if it still exists - is a brief and non-recurring problem. The Centre will cease operations after the fulfilment of its mission and hand over its insights to the homelessness sector.


The sector has now developed a culture of making evidence-focussed and data-driven decisions.

Generating evidence and data

A comprehensive body of evidence has been built with researchers and practitioners commissioned to continue updating it. The Centre now has the data and analytical capability to prevent, detect and respond to homelessness so that it is brief and non-recurring. Policy-makers and practitioners now make decisions based on what works.

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Our ultimate goal is to end homelessness for good, and to create a society in which any experience of homelessness is rare, brief and non-recurring.

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