In response to Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) figures regarding the number of households in temporary residence, Nacro Chief Executive, Campbell Robb, said:
“This shocking rise in homeless households must drive further Government action. With evidence that the National Probation Service, responsible for prison leavers, has made the most homeless referrals, we can no longer underestimate the scale of the challenge people leaving prison face every day to get their lives back on track.
“The people we support on release from prison too often face an impossible struggle to turn away from crime. They are held back by homelessness, a lack of essential medication or health support, a lack of job opportunities or access to sufficient money to get food and the basics to survive. Without somewhere to live and a real chance at a second chance, we are simply setting people up to fail.
“To give people leaving prison the best chance at a second chance, the government must guarantee that people leaving prison will have somewhere to live”.