Homelessness is prevented from happening in the first place, making it a rare occurrence.
Local authorities have a general legal duty to prevent homelessness, but legislation only offers a limited safety net. To achieve step change we must move from a crisis-driven approach to prevention to one that is strategic and targeted. By quickly identifying and engaging with people at risk, we can intervene to prevent loss of housing and divert them from entering the homelessness services system. ‘Rare’ can be measured through collecting data on the number of individuals who present as homeless or at risk. We will use homelessness applications/presentations as our indicator because it is most representative of the homeless population.