Helping End Homelessness will award grants to strategic projects that operate across one or more local authority areas in urban and rural settings that seek to redesign services to make homelessness rare, brief and non-recurrent. They will be person-centred and delivered by multi-agency partnerships where third sector and public sector organisations work closely together, based on a mutually agreed vision for tackling homelessness.
Homelessness can affect anyone and be caused by a variety of factors. We have defined homelessness as ‘not having a home’. A person is homeless if they are:
- sleeping rough
- staying with friends or family
- staying in a hostel, night shelter or B&B
- squatting (because someone has no legal right to stay)
- being at risk of violence or abuse in their home
- living in poor conditions that affect their health
- living apart from their family because they don't have a place to live together.
What type of projects will we fund?
We encourage applicants to consider specific priorities to focus their projects on including service innovation, person-centred support, supporting tenants and landlords in the private rented sector, homelessness prevention, trauma informed environments, reducing discrimination and prejudice, and rural homelessness. The voices of those affected by homelessness will be at the centre of those projects. Projects will:
balance preventative and responsive approaches within a psychologically informed environment.
provide tenant support (particularly within the private rented sector),
and address the stigma and prejudice experienced by people who are homeless.
Projects will need to respond to the fast-changing environment caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic and must consider Local Authority ‘phase 2’ plans as part of their approach. The projects will be robustly evaluated to ensure that what they learn can inform current and future policy and practice. Projects can be in rural and/or urban settings.
The impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on tackling homelessness
The National Lottery Community Fund decided to pause Helping End Homelessness in May 2020 due to challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Recent policy and funding announcements have had significant implications for those interested in tackling homelessness. The Welsh Government will invest up to £50 million this financial year to provide support to those experiencing homelessness. It issued new ‘Phase 2’ guidance to local authorities on 3rd June 2020 to help them plan how they will ensure that no one has to return to rough sleeping. Local authorities were required to develop and submit individual plans for their areas to Welsh Government by the end of June 2020 to bid for additional funds to support those who are homeless.
Considering these developments, since June we have carried out a review of the programme to ensure that it remains relevant to the changed landscape and subsequently we have made some minor changes, including a new timescale.