Crisis launches major consultation on ending homelessness

Red Crisis logo - JPEGNational charity for homeless people Crisis is running a major consultation as part of its 50th anniversary year to develop a plan to end homelessness.

The plan will be informed by gathering the evidence and opinions of those who know homelessness and related issues best – the people who have experience of working in frontline services with homeless people, whether that be for a local authority or frontline or third sector organisation, as well as people with lived experience of homelessness.

A series of policy workshops will be held at the COSLA conference centre in Edinburgh on October 6 to identify solutions to prevent people from becoming homeless, deliver more effective rapid responses for those who become homeless and create permanent homes for those who need some form of ongoing support. Specifically, there will be workshops to explore: rough sleeping; rural housing; housing legislation; benefits; employment; youth homelessness; justice; and permanent housing solutions.

Crisis will also be holding a workshop on health and homelessness at the Glasgow Homelessness Network conference on October 3, which will feed into the consultation

A separate series of events will be held across Scotland to gather the opinions of people with lived experience of homelessness, and an online questionnaire is available to anyone who would like to submit their views.

The consultation will be underpinned by work Crisis is doing to gather the evidence base for change and establishing a new narrative for transformative policy change.

The plan to end homelessness will be presented to the governments in England, Scotland and Wales in April 2018.

To find out more about the consultation, contribute by attending one of the events or submitting your views on-line, more information is available here.

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