Communities and Local Government

Homelessness prevention

The Department for Communities and Local Government is the government department responsible for developing government housing and homelessness policy in England.

The Government is committed to tackling and preventing homelessness, working in partnership with voluntary sector partners, local authorities and housing associations.

The Department for Communities and Local Government is investing £400m over four years in Preventing Homelessness Grant to support the work of local authorities and the voluntary sector.

Examples of prevention initiatives undertaken by local authorities include providing:

  • rent deposits to help people obtain tenancies in the private rented sector
  • mediation services to help resolve family tensions in the home which might otherwise lead to a member of the family leaving home.

Local authorities also provide support to help people with difficulties such as managing debts or overcoming other personal problems such as alcohol or drug misuse.