Housing Ex-offenders

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Homelessness prevention and meeting housing need
for (ex)offenders
A guide to practice

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community, opportunity, prosperity

Homelessness prevention and meeting housing need
for (ex)offenders
A guide to practice

Clarissa Penfold, Naomi Day, Josie Dixon and Stephen Webster (National Centre for Social Research)
with Anwen Jones (Centre for Housing Policy, University of York) and Sue Thomas (Nacro)
November 2009
Department for Communities and Local Government

The findings and recommendations in this report are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the Department for Communities and Local Government.

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Contents  |  3

Contents
Acknowledgements

5

Section 1  Introduction

6

1.1 Context

6

1.2 Methodology

10

Caveats to findings

11

1.3 Structure of the guide

12

Section 2 
Partnership working to increase capacity and diversity in
housing provision for (ex)offenders

14

2.1 Challenges and solutions: evidence from the literature

14

2.2 Promising practice: evidence from the case studies

16

Case study 1 – Yorkshire and Humberside Bail Support Scheme

22


Case study 2 – Erimus Housing (Middlesbrough)/Housing and
Returning Prisoners Protocol (HARP)

26


Case study 3 – Multi-Agency Public Protection Panel (MAPPP) for Avon and Somerset Dangerous Offenders Housing Protocol

29


Case study 4 – Wiltshire Accommodation Support Scheme for
Young People

32

Section 3  Multi-agency approaches to early assessment and planning

35

35

3.1 Challenges and solutions: evidence from the literature


Role of prison-based housing advice services and criminal justice sector partners

36

Role of local authorities

38

Protocols

39

3.2 Promising practice: evidence from the case studies

40


Case study 5 – Housing Support and Advice Service provided in HMP Doncaster

43


Case study 6 – Newcastle Young Offenders Housing and
Resettlement Protocol (YoHARP)

46

Section 4  The provision of comprehensive and continuing support

49

4.1 Challenges and solutions: evidence from the literature

49

4.2 Promising practice: evidence from the case studies

50


Case study 7 – P3 Link Worker and Supported Housing Scheme (Derbyshire)

56

Case study 8 – Re-Unite (London)

58

Case study 9 – Pyramid Project (DePaul Trust in the North East)

61


Case study...

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