Making homelessness strategies happen

Local government is at the heart of the nation’s response to homelessness – we are house builders, housing enablers, and landlords, responsible guardians for people experiencing homelessness and care needs, support providers, and place-shapers; and we are democratically accountable to communities.

It is vital that we make a strategic commitment to ending homelessness, using our resources effectively to achieve a clear vision, and convening our partners to fully play their role in helping to achieve the best outcomes for people. As a single plan for how local agencies can focus their activities, the local homelessness strategy is an essential part of this commitment.

This report gives advice for how to formulate and deliver local homelessness strategies, thereby improving support for people most in need. We hope councils and partners find this useful.

Making homelessness strategies happen guidance

Making Homelessness Strategies happen




Resources- Homelessness Act 2002 (appendix 1)

- Local housing authority homelessness strategy self-assessment (appendix 2)

- Proposed job description for a Homelessness Strategy Officer (appendix 3)

- Proposed action plan template for a homelessness strategy (appendix 4)

- Proposed terms of reference for a Homelessness Strategy Steering Group (or a Homelessness Reduction Board) (appendix 5)