Offender Accommodation Pilot Project
Research shows that ex-offenders who are homeless or in temporary accommodation are more likely to reoffend within a year than those with a stable place to live (79% vs 47%), while 36% of people seen rough sleeping in London, whose institutional history was known, had experience of prison.
Leeds, Pentonville and Bristol prisons have been chosen to spearhead the £6 million Offender Accommodation pilot programme, helping vulnerable ex-prisoners find and stay in stable accommodation. The pilot will provide dedicated funding to offer stable accommodation for up to two years, alongside tailored support to help prisoners integrate into communities for the long term and address their specific criminogenic needs.
The pilot forms part of the Government’s £100 million Rough Sleeping Strategy, announced in the Summer of 2018. The pilot will contribute to the Government’s manifesto commitment to halve rough sleeping by 2022 and end it completely by 2027. It is being delivered in partnership by MHCLG and MoJ, demonstrating the benefit of jointly working on agendas which meet the needs of the most vulnerable in society. The sites are piloting a new partnership approach between prisons, local authorities, probation staff and charities, working together to provide support to prisoners when they are released.