ERSA, the representative body for the employment support sector, and organisations specialising in delivering homelessness support, are calling on Government to help some of society’s most vulnerable people into work. The recommendations outlined in this paper present a real opportunity to change the lives of homeless people through the design and delivery of more targeted support.
Drawing on the expertise from within the sector, we set out recommendations for Government outlining how the next round of future commissioning could enable more people with acute housing needs to find and sustain employment and prevent a rise in homelessness. The recommendations focus on vital improvements to the assessment process, programme design and conditionality regime. If adopted across all support services, these could make a significant impact to the success of employment programmes and the lives of homeless people.