Increasing integration between housing and health to tackle homelessness

Date(s) - 22/06/2022
11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Evidence tells us that the health of people experiencing homelessness is significantly worse than that of the general population, while the cost of homelessness experienced by single people to the NHS and social care is considerable.

Statistics show that the average age of death for a long-term homeless person is 45 years for males and 43 years for females, with around 40% of those deaths related to drugs*.  The prevalence of multiple, long-term health conditions in the homeless population means people experiencing homelessness generally have a poorer quality of life.

Aside from the obvious human cost, homelessness has an impact on the public purse – research shows that people who experience homelessness for three months or longer cost on average £4,298 per person to NHS services and £2,099 per person for mental health services**.

As providers of homelessness services, what part can housing associations play in improving these outcomes?  How can we integrate better with health to make a difference on a local level?

Our one hour online workshop with HACT will explore the changing landscape of the NHS and what this signifies for housing associations looking to build stronger partnerships with health.  Andrew Van Doorn, HACT chief executive, a specialist in the field of housing and health, and Sarah Parsons, HACT health and research lead will discuss:

  • Recent changes to the commissioning and regulatory landscape of health, including the formation of Integrated Care Systems, plus new measures arising from the 2022 Health & Care Act to tackle health inequalities
  • Integrated service delivery opportunities for housing associations looking to develop their homelessness provision and improve health outcomes for service users

There will also be an opportunity for Q&As.  The workshop will take place on Zoom.

Register for free by completing the form below.



* Source: ONS

** Source: Crisis