Homelessness is a huge challenge within the UK hampered, not least, by the difficulties in data and management reporting.
The ONS recently released their assessment of the comparability and coherence of our UK data sources on the challenge which you can read here.
Crisis report that the chances of being a victim of violence is seventeen times higher if you are homeless. Some more information on homelessness from Crisis is here.
Along with the news that the DWP have released £3,000,000 of funding for JCP staff to work with the homeless, DWP have praised the work of the Salvation Army as being the fourth emergency service in this ERSA report.
Under Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions, Baroness Deborah Stedman-Scott said:
“I’ve known The Salvation Army for many years and think of them as the fourth emergency service – they are there when you really are in trouble.”
The last word goes to the Salvation Army who alongside some exceptional partners within the third sector, provide an array of solutions to the homelessness crisis including drop in centres, life houses, floating support and outreach services.
Read more about this work here.
Gareth Snaith, Contract Performance Manager, 3SC