Information for local health leaders

Our Homeless Health Matters campaign ran from October 2014 - October 2015 and engaged Health and Wellbeing Boards around England and MPs throughout the UK. We also worked to influence national-level policy by presenting a petition to the Secretary of State for Health.

44 Health and Wellbeing Boards have signed our Charter for Homeless Health

We received a great response to the campaign from Health and Wellbeing Boards across the country. Homeless Health Charter 2015

We asked Health and Wellbeing Boards to take action and sign our Charter for Homeless Health, making three pledges:

  • Identify need: To include the health needs of homeless people in their local health plans (Joint Strategic Needs Assessments).
  • Provide leadership: For the Director of Public Health to lead efforts to tackle health inequalities for people who are homeless and to promote integration and cross-boundary work.
  • Commission for inclusion: To make sure local health services are welcoming and accessible and meet the needs of people who are homeless.

To sign the Charter for Homeless Health, email

Case studies

We are keen to hear from Health and Wellbeing Boards with examples of planning, commissioning or implementing work to improve homeless health in their local area. By building a library of case studies, we aim to share practice across England and beyond.

If you would be interested in sharing case studies to publish and share with other local health leaders, please contact Catherine Glew on