We welcome extra funding for NHS homeless support

8 January 2019

The NHS has pledged to spend £30 million extra on improving the health of people who are homeless.

This good news is part of the Long Term Plan for the NHS which was published yesterday.

It comes after Porchlight and more than 20 other homelessness and health organisations called on NHS CEO Simon Stevens to address the unique health challenges that rough sleepers face.

New specialist support will be combined with the existing support that organisations such as Porchlight provide.

“This is very welcome news, especially as homelessness and the need for specialist services continue to rise,” says Porchlight chief executive Mike Barrett.

"The life expectancy of a homeless person is 30 years below the UK average. On the streets, problems related to a person’s physical and mental health are amplified. This keeps them in a cycle of poor health and at risk of premature death.

“The fight to get this extra funding hasn’t been easy, but it’s so important. Investing in specialist services will make it easier for people to access the vital support they need to stay alive.”