The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Ending Homelessness has released a report to say that prevention could be achievable for the most high-risk groups: care leavers, prison leavers and survivors of domestic abuse.

APPGEH was set up in 2016. Its main purpose is to put homelessness at the top of the political agenda and develop the policy solutions that will help prevent and resolve homelessness for good.

Between 2014 and 2016, the number of rough sleepers rose by over 50% according to the Department for Communities and Local Government. This horrifying statistic proved that the current system is not sufficient in preventing and resolving the issue of homelessness. The APPGEH was set up in response to this, as well as the increase in homeless applications witnessed.

The group's most recent report was released in July and suggests that prevention of homelessness for high-risk groups could be achievable. HHCP works with these groups on a daily basis and one of our charitable aims is to prevent the threat of homelessness. We think it makes a lot more sense to stop people facing homelessness, rather than waiting for them to get into a rough sleeping situation and then try to help them.

According to the new report, 6,550 people were deemed homeless by their local authority as a result of a violent relationship breakdown during 2015-2016.

"We always say that family crisis and breakdown, which encompasses domestic abuse, is one of the biggest reasons for homelessness," says Andrew Smith, CEO of HHCP. "We are aware of these families, so why aren't provisions put in place for them?"

Meanwhile, care leavers are another group that are at high risk of homelessness.

"These groups have a recorded journey. Local authorities and organisations know about them and they should, therefore, be prepared for when they leave the care system. Provision could be put in place at a much earlier stage than is currently offered," Andrew explains.

The APPGEH has said that one-third of care leavers end up homeless within the first two years of leaving the system. With an astounding 25% of all homeless people having been in care at some point in their lives.

Lastly, the report also covers the case of prison leavers. There is an obvious link between homelessness and offending. The report suggests that the scale of the problem is hard to measure, as many prisons fail to collect the necessary data required to check on ex-offenders and whether they have a fixed abode.

"There's a systematic failing in the approach to provision," Andrew adds. "But, hopefully, things are now being put in action to ensure that preventative measures are applied at an earlier stage of these people's lives."

You can read the full report on