A Temporary Accommodation Action Group (TAAG) is a local initiative that brings together the key temporary accommodation stakeholders in the city 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.
TAAGs are usually attended by:
This national network comes together regularly to identify issues, and develop solutions to help make people’s experience in temporary accommodation as short, safe and healthy as possible.
The network is guided by our belief that a strategic focus on local and national action will drive positive, lasting change in the homelessness sector; in the short term, by pushing temporary accommodation into mainstream plans and strategies to end homelessness; in the long term, by eradicating the need for temporary accommodation because of improved access to safe, secure and settled homes.
You have to experience it to know what it’s like… I’ve seen it from both sides: I was a caretaker so have seen it from the owner side and from living there, so it helps to make sure that both sides are there… Hopefully [the TAAG] will bring in a lot of change and safety [for people in UTA]- Temporary Accommodation Resident
First-hand accounts from those living in temporary accommodation have uncovered numerous issues with this often overlooked section of the UK’s housing market. TAAGs consolidate the needs of residents and landlords, giving both an opportunity to make their voices heard in an open, supportive environment.
Together, through consultations and focus groups, we’ve formulated a variety of recommendations and solutions, including:
Justlife is eager to work with and support local authorities / homeless organisations across the country who are interested in setting up a TAAG. We can help determine the local need for a TAAG and whether there is scope to address temporary accommodation issues with local partners.
There are five key steps to establishing a new TAAG: