"Giving people a voice in their future."

In May 2020 we reached out to over 100 people accommodated through measures taken by the Government in response to COVID-19, allowing us to gain a snapshot of what housing people want for their future. We thank everyone for supporting us with their time.


Informing policy


Expert Link response - HCLG Committee Inquiry: Impact of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) on homelessness and the private rented sector

The requirements for social distancing measures has focused many minds on how important it is to public health that individuals previously rough sleeping are appropriately housed. Our submission aims to support appropriate scrutiny of the important work underway now and in the future by MHCLG, as well as that of other statutory and non-statutory agencies, to ensure that people experiencing multiple disadvantages are safe. In particular, we have focused our evidence around:

  • Effective practice resulting in successful outcomes

  • Ineffective support and recommendations for change

  • Current issues (including self-isolation and social distancing, access to mental health and substance misuses support, and access to food and basic goods)

  • Challenges around offers for entrenched rough sleepers and recommendations for change

  • Priorities for post lockdown action to ensure public health requirements are met

Gathering evidence


David co-authored Hard Edges: Mapping Severe and Multiple Disadvantage in England, a seminal piece of research looking at the interaction between homelessness, mental health, substance misuse and contact with the criminal justice system

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