The report proposes 7 policy points that we believe will begin to address these issues, starting with introducing a national temporary accommodation regulator with powers to enforce minimum standards and intervenewhen they are not met.
We know there needs to be more social housing in the long-term, but we can't build them as quickly as they’re needed. Introducing a temporary accommodation regulator is the first step to improving the lives of the 96,000 households living there right now.
We also recommend that basic facilities should be guaranteed in all temporary accommodation. Many homeless households are placed in TA that lacks facilities such as a working oven, hot water, assistive technology (for people with disabilities), clean bedding or WiFi, which only adds to their already traumatic situation.
We also know that people experiencing homelessness are in danger of falling through the gaps of support systems. Installing a national notification system would make sure that at a point a household registers as homeless, relevant services are informed and can respond with appropriate support.
A full summary of our 7 policy points is available here.