Where homelessness cannot be prevented, people should not experience multiple episodes of homelessness.
Episodes of homelessness result in individual and social consequences. Current evidence suggests they are detrimental to individual well-being and can also negatively affect communities. Local areas should have resources, plans, and system capacity in place to stop households becoming homeless in the future. ‘Recurrence’ can be measured through collecting data on the number of instances that an individual becomes homeless. In England, a similar measure is the number of households seeking homelessness relief with a history of homelessness. We’re working with other devolved administrations and MHCLG to understand the possibilities with measuring repeat homelessness.