Effective discharge planning prevents homelessness.
People who have spent time in an institutional setting, such as prison or in-patient health services, may be at risk of homelessness upon discharge from the institution. This might be because they were homeless before entering an institutional setting or because previous accommodation arrangements have broken down or are now unsuitable. Those leaving institutional settings are likely to have existing challenges to their health and wellbeing and so this population is especially at risk of poor outcomes if discharged into homelessness, unstable housing or accommodation that is no longer suitable for their needs. Programmes aimed at preventing or reducing risk of homelessness for people leaving institutional settings are important. However, the discharge process is complex and involves setting-specific challenges that limit the generalisability of solutions.