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Prisoners' Release: Females

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN 13211, tabled on 9 June 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent estimate he has made of the number of female prison leavers who are homeless.

Answered on

18 June 2021

Accommodation outcomes for 2020/21, broken down by self-declared gender, are due to be published as part of the Community Performance release due to be released in July.

We are investing more than £20m in supporting prison leavers at risk of homelessness into temporary accommodation. Individuals released from prison will be provided up to 12 weeks of temporary accommodation and will be supported into long-term settled accommodation before the end of that 12-week period. Initially launching in five national probation regions, the service will support around 3,000 offenders in its first year and will be commencing this Summer. It will be in operation during the next financial year 2021-22, with a view to scaling up and rolling out nationally. The service will take account of the needs of women, including those with complex needs and accommodation provision will be dedicated to single gender usage as required.