Unsupported Temporary Accommodation Unit

The Unsupported Temporary Accommodation Unit is the innovation and systems change arm of Justlife, whose aim is to influence the housing and homelessness sector to ensure stays in unsupported temporary accommodation (UTA) are as short, safe and healthy as possible.



Learning. Researching and recording information to better inform understanding about unsupported temporary accommodation.

Partnerships. Creating a national network of temporary accommodation boards that facilitate collaboration locally while influencing change nationally. We believe partnership working makes our ability to create lasting change stronger.

Development. Developing and testing solutions for change through Justlife services and other local partnerships across England.



The Unsupported Temporary Accommodation Unit was developed after the conclusion of Justlife’s Just Thinking project in December 2016. Since 2013, Just Thinking worked to identify, record and publish data that highlighted the appalling conditions single homeless households face while living in substandard UTA, many of whom receive little or no support addressing their immediate needs. Unsupported temporary accommodation (UTA) is private short-stay accommodation in which households do not have a permanent residency status and have limited access to local authority support to pathways into stable and secure accommodation. Operationally, UTA is often called: private Bed and Breakfasts (B&Bs), guesthouses, private hostels, hotels, lodges and emergency accommodation. The data gathered about UTA culminated in a final report written and published with the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) North and presented at parliament in December 2016. The Unsupported Temporary Accommodation Unit carries forward the recommendations for change published through Just Thinking, actively pushing for both local and national policy change to help hidden homeless households in UTA.


What’s happening now?

If you are interested in knowing more about the work of the Unsupported Temporary Accommodation Unit, please contact Christa Maciver, christa@justlife.org.uk.