The plan will present the practical solutions needed to end homelessness in Britain. These will be underpinned by evidence and examples of the change that needs to happen. The plan will be targeted at the politicians and decision makers who can make its aims a reality.
We know more than ever about the causes of homelessness through our research and work, side by side, with tens of thousands of homeless people. Meanwhile, growing evidence from the UK and internationally shows that it can be ended. We want to make sure this is the generation to do it across Britain.
The plan will be developed throughout our 50th year. It will be published and put into effect from April 2018.
Homelessness is hard to define and numbers can vary. The plan will focus on those in most immediate need of support. This includes people:
We can't do this on our own. The plan will be developed in collaboration with other people and organisations with experience of homelessness who will contribute their expertise and ultimately help to make the plan work.
We will work with people who have been homeless themselves as well as policy makers and other organisations working in homelessness, health and education.
We are not saying no one will ever be kicked out of their home or lose their job. However, the plan will provide solutions to prevent homelessness. It will deal with it quickly and permanently when it does still occur.
To develop the plan we will be working with others to define what ending homelessness looks like. At Crisis we have agreed the following definition. Ending homelessness should mean:
This paper explains it in more detail: A proposed definition for ending homelessness (PDF).
Have Your Say on our plan to end homelessness. Homelessness is not inevitable. We don't intend to be needed in 50 years' time. If you have experience of homelessness, work on the issue or in related sectors such as health, criminal justice or local government, find out more about how you can help us develop our plan.