Today, JLL UK’s charity partner Crisis, the national homelessness charity, launches a landmark report which says that Britain could end homelessness within 10 years with the right measures in place.
Everybody In: How to end homelessness in Great Britain resets the current approach to homelessness and sets out the exact government policies needed to end it for good. It concludes that everyone who is homeless could have a stable home within 10 years, if the measures are adopted in full.
Crisis is calling on all political parties to commit to ending homelessness. There are currently 236,000 people across England, Wales and Scotland who are experiencing the worst forms of homelessness: this includes people living on the streets, in cars and tents, or in unsuitable temporary accommodation. Recent research from the Bureau for Investigative Journalism revealed the human cost of homelessness: since last October an average of three homeless people have died every week on UK streets.
At JLL UK we’re committed to doing more to help deal with homelessness through our Building a Better Tomorrow programme. An ethical approach is at the core of everything we do, including our partnership with Crisis which last year raised £274,300 and helped 462 people into housing. We have also put considerable resource and effort into helping Crisis work towards launching their Plan to end Homelessness by hosting roundtables and focus groups with housing sector influencers and attending or speaking at industry events.
Drawing on evidence of what works, Everybody In: How to end homelessness in Great Britain sets out the policies needed to prevent people from becoming homeless, to help those who are homeless right now, and to support people once they are housed. This includes better rights and longer tenancies for private renters, and reforming housing benefits so they meet the true cost of private renting.
It is made up of extensive new research, working with experts such as the Chartered Institute of Housing, National Housing Federation, and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC), and is supported by experts in the US, Canada, and Finland who are leading highly successful movements to end homelessness in their countries. In the 1990s and early 2000s, parts of Britain dramatically reduced rough sleeping – one of the most visible forms of homelessness. Parts of Scandinavia and North America have now virtually ended rough sleeping.
The plan’s policy proposals are tailored for the governments of England, Scotland, and Wales. Its findings include:
- 100,500 social homes need to be built each year for the next 15 years to meet the needs of both homeless people and the wider cohort of people in Britain on low incomes – including those at risk of homelessness
- A national rollout of Housing First would benefit more than 18,000 homeless people, by providing homes that come with a package of specialised support. (NB: Housing First is a scheme that is specifically designed for homeless people with the most complex needs and has an extremely strong track record of success.)
PwC has estimated the costs and benefits of the most targeted policies in the plan. They found that, over the next decade, these policies would cost £9.9 billion and deliver benefits worth £26.4 billion. This means that for every £1 invested, an estimated benefit of £2.70 would be generated. These estimates cover the costs and benefits of solutions specifically related to homelessness, but not wider reforms that target broader low-income groups such as house-building and certain welfare reforms.
While these benefits are significant, the moral argument for ending homelessness is equally important. Research from Crisis has shown Rough sleepers are 17 times more likely to be victims of violence.
Along with the newly commissioned research, the plan is the result of an 8-month consultation involving hundreds of frontline workers and people who have experienced homelessness.
Everybody In: Are you in to end homelessness?
To coincide with the launch of the plan, Crisis has created an online campaign action which allows you to post your reason for bringing an end homelessness to a digital map. Please join me and share your reason with your MP and ask them to commit to ending homelessness for good.
I would be delighted if JLL clients, colleagues and friends showed their support to #EndHomelessness.