Working Together with the DWP Homelessness Presentation 2018

Working Together with the DWP Homelessness Presentation 2018

Working Together with the DWP Homelessness Presentation 2018 www.homeless.org.uk Lets end homelessness together Introduction This presentation was created by Homeless Link for use by our members in delivering Working Together events that bring together homelessness and DWP teams to improve service deliver to people experiencing homelessness www.homeless.org.uk Lets end homelessness together Who is homeless? The people we work with 7/10 are male

34% have mental health issues 44% 32% are young people multiple needs 1 in 5 26% Offending history have

drug problems Source: Homeless Link Annual Review 2017 www.homeless.org.uk Lets end homelessness together Rough sleeping regional context In terms of overall distribution of rough sleeping across England, London and the South East reported the highest number of rough sleepers, with the North East reporting the lowest numbers Source: Homeless Link Annual Review 2017 www.homeless.org.uk Lets end homelessness together Rough sleeping national context Graph 1: Rough sleeping in England 2010 - 2017 5000 4751

4500 4134 Number of rough sleepers 4000 3569 3500 3000 2500 2744 2181 2309 2414 2012 2013

2000 1768 1500 1000 500 0 2010 2011 2014 2015 2016 2017 Source: Homeless Link Annual Review 2017 www.homeless.org.uk Lets end homelessness together Statutory homelessness national

context Graph 3: Statutory Homelessness decisions, July - September 2017 Chart Title 6,840 15,290 4,900 2,320 Source: Homeless Link Annual Review 2017 www.homeless.org.uk Lets end homelessness together Service pressures 39% of accommodation providers reported decreased funding in the past 12 months (47% in 2016)

National Audit office reported 59% reduction in Supporting People (housingrelated support) funding since 2010. Yet high levels of demand 37% of responding providers (94 respondents) reported operating at full capacity the previous night. 40% reported having 1-10% voids the previous night (mostly 1%). A lack of service capacity was most commonly identified as the primary reason for refusing service access (35%). 59% identified it as a reason Likely to be unmet need among some single homeless people Source: Homeless Link Annual Review 2017 www.homeless.org.uk Lets end homelessness together Universal Credit Historical problems for people experiencing homelessness

Paid into bank account (lack of ID, confusion around Post Office Accounts) Claim online (lack of IT facilities and support, long passwords, Universal Support?) Delay for first payment (evictions, barrier to tenancies, debt) Deductions from benefit (arrears, overpayments, paying back Advance payments) One large payment a month (hard to budget, substance misuse, targeting, accessing APAs, Universal Support?) One benefit unit per family (financial abuse) Implicit/Explicit consent (communications, escalation, advocacy) www.homeless.org.uk Lets end homelessness together Sanctions impact on people

experiencing homelessness Homeless Link research found that homeless people on Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) were around ten times more likely to be sanctioned than the general claimant population. Many examples of claimant commitments / conditionality requirements not being tailored to an individuals circumstances Generally, people experiencing homelessness do not meet particular conditionality requirements as they are unable to, rather than they do not want to comply No access to a phone No access to travel fares Lack of a regular postal address Lack of awareness amongst JCP and homelessness agencies around Homelessness easement

Identification a key issue; claimants reluctant to disclose certain information unless the right conditions in place (appropriate setting, rapport with work www.homeless.org.uk Lets end homelessness together coach) Accessing work challenges for people experiencing homelessness 80% of people experiencing homelessness want to work, but only 10% are in employment Barriers can include: lack of experience, poor qualifications and low levels of basic skills unstable housing situations substance use, mental health, domestic violence, offending histories and institutionalisation low confidence, low self esteem and aspirations difficulty in relating to other people, fluctuating health conditions

the stigma of homelessness a lack of access to computers and the internet Challenges for the Work programme / JCP employment support / Specialist Employability Support Identifying people entitled to support through the Work programme Identifying barriers individuals face Support provided by the homelessness sector effectively complimenting work provided by JCP/Work Programme/Specialist Employability Support www.homeless.org.uk Lets end homelessness together Working Together with the DWP 1 Employment is the homelessness sectors priority too 2 Support planning in homelessness services aims to move clients forward and recognises the clients

distance travelled 3 Develop partnerships with local services, know what they do and the support they offer 4 Identify and assess the needs of those experiencing homelessness www.homeless.org.uk Lets end homelessness together Working Together Discussion 1 www.homeless.org.uk 1 What does a successful partnership look like?

2 Where have you seen partnership working work well? 3 What do you need to make a partnership successful? Lets end homelessness together Working Together Discussion 2 What are you going to do next to develop partnerships locally? www.homeless.org.uk Lets end homelessness together Working Together Feedback

1 Give an example of good practice 2 What will you do next to develop partnerships locally? 3 www.homeless.org.uk Give one piece of information you will take away from today Lets end homelessness together What we do Homeless Link is the national membership charity for organisations working directly with people who become homeless or who live with multiple and complex support needs. We work to improve services

and campaign for policy change that will help end homelessness and secure a sustainable future for supported housing. Homeless Link Minories House, 2-5 Minories, London EC3N 1BJ 020 7840 4430 Twitter: @Homelesslink Facebook: www.facebook.com/homelesslink www.homeless.org.uk Homeless Link 2018. All rights reserved. Homeless Link is a charity no. 1089173 and a company no. 04313826. Lets end homelessness together

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