Homelessness at Christmas: it’s time to collaborate to tackle the problem

As most people in the Midlands celebrate the festive season, the number in priority need of housing in Birmingham is growing.

Providing a turkey dinner and temporary, short term accommodation is lovely for the day but does not bring about lasting change.  Something new is needed this Christmas.  Birmingham Changing Futures Together (BCFT) is advocating an alternative approach proven to be effective; the collaboration of specialist organisations in the city to deliver integrated services.

People who are ‘sofa surfing’, living in a hostel or temporary accommodation or opting for the ‘safety’ of the streets often have multiple needs and some of the most entrenched behaviour patterns.  For sustainable change, they need additional support that addresses their other needs alongside homelessness.

The No Wrong Door Network does exactly that. A group of organisations working together, it ensures service users, with at least two of the four complex needs (homelessness, substance misuse, offending and mental health) can access a whole system of support through one referral.

Homelessness at Christmas: it’s time to collaborate to tackle the problem

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