Have your say on our new Homelessness Strategy 

Our draft Homelessness Strategy 2019 to 2024 is open for consultation. It sets out how we plan to prevent and respond to those at risk of losing their home or made homeless in Westminster. The strategy is informed by recent review of homelessness in the city which explored those affected by the issue, its causes and our services and local organisations.

Rough sleeping is a distinct problem with its own causes and solutions. This strategy therefore does not cover rough sleeping. Read about our detailed strategy to deliver a significant reduction in rough sleeping and address the harm it brings to individuals and communities in Westminster. You can also find out more information at the bottom of the page.

Take the survey

Our new strategy proposes a 10-point plan to tackle and respond to homelessness in the city. It aims to:

  • prevent more people from becoming homeless
  • improve our response when people do become homeless
  • ensure our services are fit for the future

Your views matter

We want to hear what you think. Your feedback will help us finialise our homeless strategy so that it best serves our residents.

Alternatively, you can also download a feedback form and send it to:

Freepost WCC open forum
Westminster City Council
London, SW1E 6QP
(Homelessness Strategy)

or email: homelessnessstrategy@westminster.gov.uk

We will be holding two workshops where we will be talking about the draft homlessness strategy and getting your feedback about what our priorities should be. Find out more on our 'Housing policy and strategy' page.

Did you know?

There are three main types of homelessness: rough sleepingstatutory homelessness and hidden homeless

  1. rough sleeping is the most visible form of homelessness and includes people bedding down on the streets or sleeping on public transport. Its causes are complex. 
  2. statutory homelessness is where people have approached the local authority to report either being  threatened with homelessness or have become homeless. 
  3. hidden homeless describes people not generally not included in official statistics as they may be staying with friends and family on a temporary basis. They may also be living in housing which is unfit for occupation for health and safety reasons.

​​Find out more on our housing policy and strategy page.


Last updated: 28 August 2019