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The impact of homelessness on health: a guide for local authorities

The information and ideas in this briefing aim to support local authorities in protecting and improving their population’s health and wellbeing, and reducing health inequalities, by tackling homelessness and its causes.

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Homelessness often results from a combination of events such as relationship breakdown, debt, adverse experiences in childhood and through ill health. Homelessness and ill health are intrinsically linked and professionals in both sectors have a role to play in tackling the issues together.

We hope that these materials and information will help local teams to reach out and join together to establish better health and wellbeing for homeless people in their communities.  

The challenge for us all is not just to develop good practice but to champion and share it.