There is a catch-22 situation where homeless people need an address to get ID and a bank account, and need a bank account to pay for the ID.
Nobody believes homelessness will happen to them
Debt (from rent arrears, council tax arrears, bedroom tax) - How do we identify and build trust with a customer?
How might we identify young people at risk to proactively support them as things change?
Tackling more upstream/preventative. Challenging assumptions around who can become homeless.
How can we facilitate young people at risk of homelessness to be matched with flatmates in the private rental sector?
The housing provision doesn't meet the housing needs
How might we support young people at risk to proactively support them as things change?
Shortage of appropriate homes, no variety on offer, lack of flexibility on terms of space and tenure
It is often hard for GPs to know what to ask and advise, but this is a critical intervention that should be used to identify those at risk of homeless before it happens.
Sometimes when people are given a backpayment (e.g. benefits) - a chance customer client may use money in a way that risks health/tenancy etc
How might we raise awareness of rights and options for sofa surfers?
Lack of centralised, organised, standardised information available to those who need it most.
Lack of insight into vital 'in the home' information that can be combined with other known data (rent arrears, complaints etc.) to build an evidence based risk score for homelessness and help with support and prevention.
Homeless people need more places/situations where they feel safe (and their belongings are safe) whilst looking for a more permanent situation
People facing homelessness and complex needs often lose ID which is a barrier to accessing essential services including welfare benefits
Empty properties not being utilised / unable to contact and reach out to hidden homeless