Ending homelessness

Homelessness is not inevitable. With collective action and political will, we can end it once and for all.

Homelessness is not inevitable

Homelessness isn't just about sleeping rough. It comes in many forms and can affect anyone. The numbers of homeless people are shocking but don't represent a problem that is too big to solve. 

Through our 50-year history of pioneering research and supporting thousands of people out of homelessness, we know more than ever about the causes of homelessness and what it will take to end it.

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To end homelessness, we need to understand and change the factors which cause it and make it worse. Issues such as the availability of affordable housing, legislation and the benefits system are part of this.

Our work with individuals drives our work to influence government, local authorities and housing providers' policy and practice to end homelessness.

Knowledge hub

Our homelessness knowledge hub brings together research from Crisis and others to help everyone to understand the causes, scale and impact of homelessness.
Homelessness knowledge hub

About homelessness

Homelessness is devastating, dangerous and isolating.

Homelessness has social causes, including a lack of affordable housing, poverty and unemployment. Against this backdrop, lots of different life events and circumstances can be the trigger for an individual to become homeless.

In many parts of the UK, homelessness is rising.

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During our 50th year, we are working on a plan to end homelessness.

Crisis was founded as a temporary solution to the shocking growth in homelessness in the late 1960s. That’s why, in our 50th year, we will develop a plan showing how together, we can end homelessness once and for all.
A plan to end homelessness

All Party Parliamentary Group for Ending Homelessness

This group brings together key sector organisations and MPs from across the political spectrum to put homelessness at the top of the political agenda.

APPG Ending Homelessness

Housing Centre

We break down the barriers homeless people face when finding a rented home. 

We support social landlords (including local authorities, housing associations and established Help to Rent projects) to develop services which work.

Our Renting Ready training helps prospective tenants learn about budgeting and bills, finding flatmates or DIY.



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Conferences and events



Ending Homelessness Conference: England

20/04/2017, The Royal College of Physicians, London,

Conference on Ending Homelessness in England to launch our 50th year.



Ending Homelessness conference - Scotland

15/05/2017, The Lighthouse, Glasgow,

Ending Homelessness in Scotland: Working together to think differently



Ending Homelessness in Wales: What needs to change next?

24/05/2017, City Hall, Cardiff,

Ending Homelessness in Wales: What should change next?



Have your say on BME and homelessness (GB wide)

20/09/2017, Library of Birmingham, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2EP, , 2pm - 4pm

Have your say on BME and homelessness  As part of Crisis’ 50th anniversary year, we’re developing a plan to end homelessness in Britain. In order to do this, we are running a major consultation acr...

What you can do


We could not do our work without the support and commitment of volunteers throughout the year across the UK.

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We campaign on a local and national level to change policy and practice. Together we can end homelessness.

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