Trauma and Homelessness

Tackling trauma, ending homelessness

94% of people facing homelessness have suffered trauma.

Multiple, devastating events such as sexual abuse or domestic abuse, loss of loved ones, violence and war.

Furthermore, homelessness itself is a trauma.

Yet, less than half of people have received the specialist help they need to tackle their trauma.

Latest research by Northumbria University shows it is futile to try to respond to homelessness without addressing trauma.

That’s why we are calling on the Government to ensure:

  • Minimum standards for all support services as they integrate a trauma-informed approach to tackling homelessness.
  • Training for all support service workers to understand how and why trauma causes homelessness.
  • Local authorities to only commission support service providers for people facing homelessness which prioritise recognising and responding to trauma.
  • All people experiencing homelessness to have access to mental health services that recognise and respond to their trauma.

Here’s how: 

Write to Felicity Buchan, Minister for Housing and Homelessness or Mike Amesbury, Shadow Minister for Building Safety and Homelessness, or both separately. 

We’ve created a simple template for you   

If you have written to either Felicity or Mike, we’d love to hear from you. Please let us know via email 

You can also give to support our work with a one-off donation, or a monthly gift. It will all help. And we believe prayer changes things. Here are some prayers you can pray for those facing homelessness and trauma. 


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