In 2016, St Mungo's supported housing projects - or hostels - gave 4,120 people somewhere safe to stay, over half of whom have slept rough.
Our evidence* shows that people sleeping rough increasingly need support for a range of complex physical and mental health problems.
For many people who have been homeless, the route to recovery is less than straightforward. Poor physical and mental health can be both a cause and consequence of homelessness, and without the right kind of support, it can be difficult to move on. Supported housing projects give people with complex or multiple physical and mental health needs an environment in which to recover and rebuild their lives.
Not only that, but accommodating single homeless people with support needs in specialist housing saves an estimated £6,703 per person annually by reducing costs to health, social care and criminal justice services.
In spite of the benefits, services like this are seeing their funding cut, and new government proposals are set to make a bad situation worse.
We need as many people as possible to back our campaign to save supported housing for homeless people. Sign our petition to the Secretaries of State at DCLG and DWP now.
In order to ensure that the new funding system works for our clients and people like them, the Secretaries of State for Communities and Local Government and for Work and Pensions need to:
• Develop a sustainable and secure new funding system that helps vulnerable people get off the streets for good
• Introduce a legal requirement for local authorities to assess need and plan for appropriate supported housing provision in their area
• Ensure that the system is fully transparent and accountable to central government
With the right support at the right time, people can recover and rebuild their lives after being homeless. Help save hostels, sign our petition NOW.
To find out more, download our report.
* St Mungo's (2016) Stop the Scandal: an investigation into mental health and rough sleeping