The provision of suitable, affordable housing plays a vital role in supporting individuals and families. It is thus of central importance to social work and social workers.
Homelessness is often a complex and entrenched problem for individuals linked to other issues such as mental health, in-work poverty, substance misuse, the “hostile environment” approach to immigration including no recourse to public funds, domestic violence and family breakdown.
These have all been hugely under-resourced.
The solution can only be a concerted joined-up approach across Government with more affordable housing and more resources aimed at prevention. The roots of scandalous, widespread homelessness lie in a lack of affordable homes and years of failed housing policies. There must be urgency in fixing the supply deficit of help and of housing.
- Homes for Ukraine Scheme
A response from the Minister for Housing and Homelessness, Felicity Buchan MP to BASW's letter highlighting ongoing support needs for those arriving through the Homes for Ukraine scheme.