At Justlife we believe the answers to the issue of TA lie in both a local and national approach. Local authorities have a duty of care to those who present as homeless and a responsibility of provision of housing stock and services. National government sets policies that underpin working practice and council decision making, budgets, and sets targets to access those budgets. Such policies and budget restrictions meet with different local realities at Local Authority level, where practice and problems vary. However issues such as out-of-area placements show that not all problems can be resolved locally. In our work, we seek to influence change at both levels, and for local and national action to inform one another.
Locally, temporary accommodation action groups (or TAAGs) are solutions focused initiatives that bring together the TA stakeholders in the area to collaborate to improve the lives of those without a home. Justlife has organised or facilitated the establishment of TAAGs in Brighton, Manchester, East Sussex and Hackney, and we are looking to help more areas establish their own TAAGs. You can read more about TAAGs here.
On 7th December, in partnership with Shared Health Foundation, we will host the inaugural meeting of the Households in Temporary Accommodation APPG (All party parliamentary group). This APPG will work in an investigative and solutions-focused way to improve the lives and experiences of families and individuals living in temporary accommodation (TA) across England, and aims to shift the national understanding of homelessness to include households in temporary accommodation. You can read the full aims and objectives here.
We will also continue to gather evidence, host workshops and carry out research into the issues that underlie the current state of TA, and collaborate with other organisations, initiatives and groups working towards similar goals. You can read our research here.
Above all, we believe collaboration is one of the keys to unlocking the issues that surround TA in this country. So if you’re interested in collaborating with us, setting up a TAAG, joining the APPG or just finding out more about our national Research and Policy team and the work we do, please do get in touch.