Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve been reminded daily of the vital role that healthcare plays in our society. The pandemic has also highlighted the stark health inequalities experienced by people without a safe a secure home of their own.
It’s never been clearer that homelessness must be seen as a public health issue. When we support everyone in our communities, we all have the chance to thrive, but opportunities to resolve and prevent homelessness through the healthcare system are routinely missed. The most up to date figures for 2019-20 show that 2,950 people were discharged from either a general or psychiatric hospital with no home to go to.
That’s why as of 1 July 2021, Crisis merged with Pathway, the leading homeless healthcare charity, in a bid to tackle the health inequalities impacting those who are homeless and ensure that the healthcare system plays its part in ending homelessness across Great Britain.
Pathway and Crisis will work together to ensure that the health service, through its contact with people who are homeless, fulfils its potential in actively resolving homelessness. Alongside this, together we will advocate for policy responses to homelessness that save lives and promote positive health outcomes.
The merger between Crisis and Pathway will aim to:
“Having worked together successfully for many years, this merger is an exciting opportunity for both charities to combine our expertise, resources and voices at a time when people experiencing homelessness need us more than ever.
“The pandemic has further exposed how dangerous it can be for our health when we don’t have somewhere safe to call home, yet far too often people are discharged from hospitals with nowhere to go. We are determined to see this change and will be working together to ensure that the NHS and wider health and social care system plays its part in helping to achieve our shared goal of ending homelessness for good.”
Jon Sparkes, Crisis Chief Executive