Both models discussed in Robin’s book identify the need for a safe and predictable environment. Within TA however, from the first interaction with local authority housing, to staying in an often inappropriate hostel or B&B, the experience is marked by unpredictability from beginning to end. Many homeless households are without basic facilities and the number of households in temporary accommodation in England are at the highest level on record.
Across the wider TA network, key themes of PIE and TIC also run through the APPG’s call to regulate temporary accommodation under the new Social Housing Regulations Bill. As well as the regulation of basic facilities and provisions within TA, the APPG also calls for support for the stakeholders within TA provision. Training and support for housing officers would create a more psychologically informed environment within the earlier stages of the housing pathway, and trauma-informed, holistic support for homeless households would ensure they are safe throughout it.
Robin’s work in this new book outlines that by creating psychologically informed environments within TA networks and systems, we can work towards making TA as short, safe and healthy as possible.