To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 21 January (HL4174), what assessment they have made of the rates of referrals by Street-Link leading to the accessing of services and to re-housing; and what plans they have to increase those rates.
3 February 2015
Homeless Link, who run StreetLink in partnership with St Mungos Broadway, provide regular updates on how the service is performing. Homeless Link work with local authorities and homelessness organisations to continue to improve the take-up of StreetLink nationally and the help it provides to enable rough sleepers to get back on their feet. Since it started in December 2012 Streetlink has made just under 23,000 rough sleeping referrals to councils to investigate, leading to 9,800 rough sleepers being found and connected with local services of which nearly 1,900 resulted in a specific housing outcome. The Government have increased spending to prevent and tackle rough sleeping and homelessness making over £500 million available, giving councils the funding and tools needed to take action against rough sleeping locally.