Support chasm in key area of need

Support for homeless people is least adequate in the areas of alcohol and drug misuse and mental health problems, according to research out this week.

A survey of homelessness agencies by charity Homeless Link found more than 90 per cent said their clients had support needs in these areas but less than 30 per cent felt adequate services were available.

Support was more readily available relative to need in areas such as literacy, financial advice and benefits.

The research coincides with a comprehensive spending review submission by the charity, in association with the National Housing Federation and supported housing umbrella group Sitra.

The submission calls for a public service agreement target across national and local government to ensure that excluded people with multiple needs get adequate support.

It also suggests Supporting People funding should be increased in line with inflation and at least 5,600 new supported homes should be built each year.

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