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    Strategy, facts and figures

Homelessness Strategy

The Homelessness Act 2002 requires each local authority in England to publish a homelessness strategy and the Homelessness Code of Guidance for Local Authorities states that authorities must make their homelessness strategy available to any member of the public. Legislation and guidance is clear on how a homelessness strategy should be developed.

A thorough review of homelessness in the City of London was carried out, which lead to the development of the Homelessness Strategy 2019-23.

This Homelessness Strategy 2019-23 sets out the City of London Corporation’s vision, approach and commitment to tackle homelessness in the Square Mile in all its forms. It defines the outcomes we will deliver, and these will shape our decision making, service design, partnerships and resourcing.

The current Rough Sleeping Outreach service contract is due to expire on the 31 March 2020 and is currently being recommissioned.

The new service aims to contribute towards meeting the City’s Homelessness Strategy 2019-23 vision that homelessness is prevented, and where it does occur its impact is minimised, and the resolution is rapid and sustainable.

Temporary Accommodation Allocation Policy

This provides a framework for the fair allocation of temporary accommodation provided by the City of London Corporation under Part VII of the Housing Act 1996:

Homelessness facts and figures

Each local authority in England has to return quarterly homelessness statistics to the Department of Communities and Local Government, called the P1E quarterly return. Statistics for all local authorities, including the City of London can be found on the GOV UK website:

You can find statistics specific to London on the GLA Datastore website:

Rough sleeping facts and figures

The Department of Communities and Local Government also compiles statistics on estimated and actual numbers of rough sleepers in each local authority area. These can be found on the GOV UK website:

You can find statistics specific to London on the GLA Datastore website:

No First Night Out - help for single homeless people

No First Night Out (NFNO) is a research-based project which began in 2016 working across the tri-borough areas of the City of London and the London Boroughs of Hackney and Tower Hamlets. No First Night Out’s purpose is to test new ways of working to help prevent individuals from rough sleeping for the first time and to assist some people with a limited history of rough sleeping. From 1st April 2019, the London Borough of Hackney is no longer served by No First Night Out.

For further information please visit the No First Night Out website