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The Chartered Institute of Housing is the independent voice for housing and the home of professional standards

New rough sleeping initiative welcome but strategy still needed


CIH has welcomed a new rough sleeping initiative by the government but said a strategy on homelessness is still desperately needed.

Terrie Alafat CBE, chief executive of CIH, said: “It is really encouraging to see positive and focused action from the government to stop the national disgrace that is rough sleeping.

“We welcome the measures announced today, in particular the creation of a new rough sleeping team which is the sort of cross-departmental approach that we need if we are really going to help the thousands of people who sleep on our streets every night.

“However, the only way that we will tackle rough sleeping in the long-term is to have a strategy which tackles the causes of homelessness.

“We still desperately need government to look at the wider context for homelessness, including the lack of affordable housing, punitive welfare measures and insecurity in the private sector.

“Only with a strategy which takes all of these things into account will we be able to make real progress by preventing people from becoming homeless in the first place.”

  • Details of the new initiative can be found here

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