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Homewards announces next steps for year two

Over the next year, the six Homewards locations will publish and begin delivering their action plans to show that it is possible to end homelessness. Across the locations, substantial work has taken place to lay the foundations and set each area up for success. Each location has identified emerging priorities vital to ending homelessness:


  • Aberdeen will focus on using data to help understand and tackle the challenges of homelessness caused by relationship breakdown and youth homelessness.
  • Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole will work on expanding employability and driving greater access to housing and with young people as an initial key group.
  • Lambeth is focused on the role of the private rented sector, improving their use of data to underpin its work, early intervention and employability.
  • Newport will look at employment and skills pathways and better use of data, alongside working with a small number of specific high-risk groups.
  • Northern Ireland plans to address young people leaving care and women experiencing homelessness, including exploring the role the private sector can play in supporting solutions for both groups.
  • Sheffield intends to explore how to prevent young people and families from experiencing homelessness and drive greater access to housing with grassroots community groups at the heart of that work.


As the programme moves into its second year, Homewards will focus on turning collaboration into action. The Royal Foundation will work with organisations and individuals across the Homewards coalitions and Partnerships to deliver on each location’s locally specific action plan and priorities. Each location is also developing an innovative housing project which will test new ways to unlock homes at scale.

Today’s event will bring together representatives from the six flagship locations as well as individuals from across the wider homelessness and private sectors. Prince William will hear about the work of each of the six locations before delivering a short speech in which he will thank partners of the programme. The event will also be attended by Homewards advocate Sabrina Cohen-Hatton.

Homewards has gained support from businesses across a range of different industries over the past year, leveraging significant in-kind support for the homelessness sector with companies such as The Pret Foundation, Homebase, Arup and Ikea joining the programme as business activators.

Today, leading firms Knight Frank and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (‘Freshfields’) join the Homewards Partnership. Knight Frank will be helping the locations to identify opportunities to deliver access to more housing and engage local businesses. Freshfields will provide a broad range of expertise to help operationalise solutions across the Homewards locations.