The Way to the Future

More Permanent Housing - Continued

Right now, temporary and emergency accommodation, such as homeless hostels or other dedicated types of accommodation, are necessary to help people who are homeless in our communities. But if we provide regular, permanent homes to people who are homeless and give them suitable support when they need it, then temporary accommodation might no longer be necessary.

Taking this view allows us consider the needs of people who are homeless in a different way. Rather than suggesting that people who have become homeless need special ‘supported housing’, this approach suggests that they are in need of regular housing, but ‘with support’.

In other words, instead of their housing being temporary and their supports being more or less permanent, their housing would be permanent and their supports could be more or less temporary, depending on their needs.