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Briefing on Referral Routes Into Hostels In London

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					Briefing on Referral Routes Into Hostels In London

We are extremely grateful to our colleagues at RIS for providing us with
the following data, which is very illuminating in terms of recent discussions
around access routes into hostels and the effects of local connection on
those routes.

Background
As you are no doubt aware, over recent years there has been a significant
decrease in the numbers of homeless accommodation projects that will
accept self-referrals and a large increase in those that only accept referrals
from named agencies.

Referral Routes
A simple analysis of data from 402 project database entries from Homeless
London in May 2008 revealed the following numbers of projects that will
accept self-referrals, referrals from any agency and/or referrals only from
named agencies (NB projects can accept more than one source of referrals).


                                                                            Named
                                  Self referrals      Any agency           agencies
Accommodation         Total
type                  no.           No.       %        No.       %        No.         %
Quick access
hostels                  44         11       25        19        43        30     68
Second stage            217         31       14        77        35       151     70
Specialist              141         49       35        83        59        55     39
TOTAL                   402         91       23       179        45       236     59


In summary, these figures show that:

      Only a quarter of quick access hostels and about a quarter (91 out
       402) of accommodation projects overall now accept self referrals
      43% of quick access hostels and 45% of accommodation projects
       overall can accept referrals from any agency
      Two thirds of quick access projects now accept referrals from named
       agencies
      Second stage projects overall have the most restricted referrals
       routes: the lowest proportions of projects that can accept self
       referrals or referrals from any agency, and highest proportion of
       projects that accept referrals from named agencies
      Specialist accommodation projects tend to have the most open
       referral routes: a third accept self referrals and over half accept
       referrals from any agency
The Effect of Local connection
Similarly, there has been an increase in the number of accommodation
projects that now have some sort of requirements for applicants to have a
local connection.

                                                       No local
                                    No local        connection AND
                                   connection         accept self
                                    required           referrals
Accommodation           Total
type                     no.       No.       %        No.       %
Quick access
hostels                   44        11       25        3         7
Second stage             217        38       18       12         6
Specialist               141        51       36       33        23
TOTAL                    402       100       25       48        12


The above table shows that:

      Only a quarter of quick access hostels and less than a fifth of second
       stage accommodation projects now accept applicants without some
       sort of local connection
      Over a third of specialist accommodation projects accept people
       without a local connection
      There are few projects that can accept self referrals and applicants
       without a local connection, apart from specialist accommodation
       projects where about a quarter of them can do so.


Next Steps

Homeless Link will be passing this information onto our various contacts
with local, regional and national government in London as part of the
ongoing dialogue about the impact of referral routes and local connection.
We will have a look at the potential usefulness of a quick survey to see if
agencies feel that restrictions on referral routes are having any positive or
negative impact on services' work with people who are homeless.


Meanwhile anyone with any comments, please send them to

paul.anderson@homelesslink.org.uk

				
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