Building the right conditions to end homelessness for good

The SHARE framework sets out clear principles to inform how preventing and ending homelessness should be framed and assessed. It aims to take into account all relevant data, while also setting the highest standards for transparency and accountability when working to prevent or relieve homelessness.

All the important data in one place

We created a platform that allows you to measure what matters, assess progress and drive data quality improvement in key measures of prevention, drawing on sources from across the four nations of the UK.

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How to use this framework

Track progress

A fundamental first step towards ending homelessness is assessing progress, so we can be confident that our actions are having the necessary impact.

Find bright spots

Over time, the platform will allow you to compare data from different areas, letting you see where good work is being done to share practices, approaches and strategies.

Identify gaps

Measuring indicators over time will highlight areas in which we're not making progress and where more attention is needed to drive prevention upstream.

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Thanks to Our contributors

The Ministry for Housing and Local Government, Scottish Government, Welsh Government and the Northern Ireland Housing Executive.

Developed in Collaboration with the ONS

The platform is the result of a collaboration between the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and the Centre for Homelessness Impact.

Thanks to Our contributors

Special thanks to the Ministry for Housing and Local Government, Scottish Government, Welsh Government and the Northern Ireland Housing Executive.

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A shared vision

Prevent homelessness whenever possible or otherwise make it rare, brief and non-recurring

Having a shared vision allows us to focus on what matters most so that we can work together more effectively to end homelessness and achieve better results with the
available resources.

The SHARE framework: what's needed to prevent homelessness


To focus our efforts on making homelessness rare, brief and non-recurring, the SHARE framework offers a birds-eye view of what it takes to prevent, and ultimately end, homelessness. It uses all of the data and measures that are currently available, as well as suggesting some new measures where appropriate. This means that there are significant gaps in certain action areas — especially 'Smart policy' and 'Ecosystem of services'. As this is an iterative platform, we will work to fill in these gaps over time and release updates when they become available.

Evidence-based practice

No data yet

Value for money

No data yet

Funding allocation

No data yet

Co-creation

No data yet

A

Public understanding

No data yet

Social stigma

1 indicator

Financial well-being

5 indicators

Discharge planning

4 indicators

R

Decent work

4 indicators

Quality relationships

3 indicators

Value-based healthcare

2 indicators

Victim support

2 indicators

E

Systems approach

No data yet

Evidence-based service design

No data yet

Data integration & quality

No data yet

Person-centred

No data yet

Prevent homelessness whenever possible or otherwise make it rare, brief and non-recurring

5 action areas

What's needed to prevent homelessness


To focus our efforts toward making homelessness rare, brief and non-recurring, the SHARE framework gives us a birds-eye view of what it takes to prevent, and ultimately end, homelessness. It uses data and measures that are currently available, as well as suggesting some new measures. This means that there are significant gaps – especially in the 'Smart Policy' and 'Ecosystem of Service' action areas. We are working to fill these gaps but as we learn by doing we wanted to share what we have so far as quickly as possible.

Evidence-based practice

No indicator

Value for money

No data yet

Funding allocation

No data yet

Co-creation

No data yet

A

Public understanding

No indicator

Social stigma

Financial well-being

Discharge planning

R

Decent work

Quality relationships

Value-based healthcare

Victim support

E

Systems approach

No indicator

Evidence-based service design

No data yet

Data integration & quality

No data yet

Person-centred

No data yet
5 action areas

S

Evidence-based practice

No indicator

Value for money

No data yet

Funding allocation

No data yet

Co-creation

No data yet

H

Housing supply

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Housing stock

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Housing access

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H.3.2
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H.3.4

Housing stock

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Housing supply

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Housing stock

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Housing access

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H.3.4

Housing stock

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Housing supply

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Housing stock

H.2.1
H.2.2
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Housing access

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H.3.4

Housing stock

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Housing supply

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Housing stock

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Housing access

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Housing stock

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The main elements of the framework

Action area - High-level areas that suggest where efforts could be focused to improveoutcomes at population level.

Goal - each action area has four concrete goals that describe what we want to accomplish as steps towards ending homelessness.

Indicator - each goal has 1-5 indicators which allows us to track our actions and progress.

An evolving framework

We wanted to share the set of homelessness indicators at the earliest opportunity so you can help us improve it  

1

Missing indicators

We are working on filling the indicator gaps we have in the SHARE platform, mainly under 'Smart policy' and 'Ecosystem of services.'  

2

Local authority breakdown

Our ambition is to get local authority level data for as many indicator as possible to complement the national level we have now.

3

User testing

We are planning further user testing to learn how the framework can best support practitioners and policy-makers.

An evolving framework
1

Missing indicators

We are working to fill the indicator gaps that currently exist in the SHARE platform, particularly under 'Smart policy' and 'Ecosystem of services.'  

2

Local authority data

Our ambition is to get local authority level data for as many indicators as possible to complement the existing national level data.

3

User testing

We are planning further user testing to learn how the framework can best support both practitioners and policymakers.

Five strategies that span a whole system-level view of homelessness and its causes:

S

Smart Policy

Design smart policies and programmes

H

Housing System

Create a housing system that leaves no one behind

A

All in it Together

Make ending homelessness a shared priority

R

Relational

Connect people with place and each other  

E

Ecosystem
of Services

Grow a person-centred ecosystem of services

H

Housing system

A system that meets the needs of our citizens, and provides them with safe, stable tenancies. Affordable housing provided for those who need it, particularly those experiencing homelessness.

A

All in it together

The public understand homelessness and its causes, and believe it is a problem that can be solved. Support of a welfare system that meets citizens’ basic needs.

E

Ecosystem of services

A person-centred ecosystem of integrated services grounded in the best available evidence those affected by homelessness have a role in how services are designed.

An evolving framework

We wanted to share the set of homelessness indicators at the earliest opportunity so you can help us improve it  

1

Missing indicators

We are working on filling the indicator gaps we have in the SHARE platform, mainly under 'Smart policy' and 'Ecosystem of services.'  

2

Local authority breakdown

Our ambition is to get local authority level data for as many indicator as possible to complement the national level we have now.

3

User testing

We are planning further user testing to learn how the framework can best support practitioners and policy-makers.

How we got here

We worked with ONS to compare the drivers of homelessness, informed by our consultation respondents, with the academic evidence base to make sure the framework is both rigorous and helpful to users. ONS researched and compiled data sources and where there were data gaps, we considered whether to produce new statistics, outlining the options, constraints and rationale for further research.

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Help us improve SHARE

We value comments and feedback from users of our products and service because we always looking to improve. If you have thoughts and ideas for how to make the SHARE framework better or how to make the dashboard easier to use, please let us know.

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