Prioritise Prevention

What we are doing

  • Providing briefings, events and training to help national and local partners to prevent homelessness earlier.
  • Raising awareness of the benefits of taking a place-based approach to preventing homelessness and supporting local partnerships to develop their policy and delivery.
  • Innovating with key partners on a “test-of-change” to learn how to deliver No Wrong Door for people at the sharpest end of Inequality.
  • Working through a national and local planning structure to inform and influence action to prevent homelessness.

The 5-Stage Typology of Homelessness Prevention

The 5-Stage Typology of Homelessness Prevention was developed by Heriot-Watt and Cardiff universities and defines prevention activity as follows:

  • universal preventing homelessness risk across the population as a whole, including poverty reduction, affordable housing, employment and welfare.
  • targeted early intervention focusing on people and places at the highest risk of homelessness – e.g. people leaving prison, young people leaving care, place based approaches.
  • crisis short-term response needed for people at imminent risk of homelessness.
  • emergency people at immediate, including same-day, risk of rooflessness or homelessness.
  • repeat working with people who have previously been homeless to prevent the experience being repeated.