Rough sleeping reduction targets are a struggle for charities
- 05 Sep
Charities are struggling to meet their rough sleeping reduction targets under a £5m payment by results scheme to tackle homelessness in London.
The social impact bond works with 831 entrenched rough sleepers in the capital, which see homelessness charities paid on outcomes such a reduced rough sleeping, sustained accommodation and less visits to hospital, reports Inside Housing.
On Tuesday the department for communities and local government published an evaluation of the scheme and said both charities had struggled to meet their quarterly reduction in rough sleeping targets.
"Although performance for both providers can be seen to have improved throughout year one, both reported a series of challenges in meeting their targets," the DCLG's report said.
Many have said the report was not an "appropriate measure of success".
‘In their view a single incidence of rough sleeping does not mean that considerable success has not been made with the client,' the report said.
‘It is not uncommon that clients may spend the occasional night rough sleeping, and this may be due to a range of reasons... several interviewees felt that the measure should be based on a statistical trend rather than individual rough sleeping incidences.'
The report did find that the charities were successful in moving clients to stable accommodation and achieving sustained employment outcomes.
When the SIB was first launched in November 2012, former housing minister Mark Prisk said: "By paying them by results the government can ensure the best value for money, and we can help find the services that really do transform lives for the better."
What do you think of this? Tweet us your comments @suppsolutions
Image source: http://www.freeimages.com/photo/691662
- 11 Sep
New service to support homeless people in Birmingham
A new dedicated Homeless Street Triage car will be responding to the rising number of calls reporting homelessness, begging and anti-social drinking in the city, reports 24dash.In the last year –...
- 09 Sep
Gym in Kent hopes to improve health and fitness of homeless people
Riverside is a specialist in working with single homeless people to help them get their lives back on track and into accommodation. Their new project, a gymnasium, has been funded by the Riverside...
- 08 Sep
The cost of homelessness in Hackney doubles
Figures have shown that the cost of homelessness in 2009/10 was £3,092,255 compared to £7,167,440 in 2014/15, with a cut on staff spending from £3,239,653 to £2,608,491 reports 24dash.Hackney...
- 04 Sep
Two homelessness services to be investigated
The Scottish Housing Regulator is set to investigate every aspect of services offered by Dumfries and Galloway Council, whilst also examining how homeless people access help and support at Scottish...
- 03 Sep
Homeless project for young people under threat due to cuts
Platform for Life was expected to attract interest from numerous housing associations with its scheme to convert properties into accommodation for young people in further education, training or work,...
- 01 Sep
Charities warns Irish government of homelessness crisis
Social Justice Ireland is calling for a new funding system that will meet the demand and reveal that only 20 council homes for families have been completed within the first three months of this year,...
- 26 Aug
Newspaper office to become a centre for homeless people
The old office for the Doncaster Free Press is being transformed into flats and other facilities for people who are homeless, reports Hold the Front Page. The building is being turned into...
- 20 Aug
Cuts leaving people in Cheltenham needing homelessness support
Bosses at CCP and Cheltenham Borough Council have said the “devastating impact” of benefit cuts in the town are causing issues for many people, report the Gloucestershire Echo.Over the past few...
- 19 Aug
Concern that homelessness in Cambridge is at ‘tipping point’
Not only do figures show a rise in quarterly numbers by 24 households, they also reveal that over 350 cases were placed in temporary accommodation over the last year, which was a rise of 50 cases on...
- 11 Aug
Charities say Wales is “setting an example” for homelessness
A joint report by Crisis and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation has praised Welsh laws that are trying to address the issues of homelessness, reports the BBC.However they warn that the removal of...
What are the Future Funding Arrangements for Supported and Sheltered Housing? "Another informative session provided by Support Solutions, excellent session" P.R. - Wrekin Housing Trust