Rebuilding Lives: supporting formerly homeless people to achieve independent living
The Final Report of the Rebuilding Lives study by Maureen Crane, Louise Joly and Jill Manthorpe is published by the Social Care Workforce Research Unit at The Policy Institute at King's College London.
The publication of this report is accompanied by an executive summary (9pp) and five policy and practice briefings (below) on: young people; housing; finances and welfare benefits; training and employment; and, mental health.
Policy and Practice briefings
Young people (6pp)
This briefing focuses on the circumstances of young people who were 17-24 years old when first resettled, and so were aged in their twenties during the Rebuilding Lives study.
Housing matters (6pp)
This briefing focuses on the housing matters of the Rebuilding Lives participants and draws attention to the specific findings of the study for housing providers, managers and commissioners.
Finances and welfare benefits (6pp)
This briefing focuses on the participants’
financial circumstances five years after they were resettled. It proposes several policy and practice recommendations regarding the financial needs of formerly homeless people. These are directed at managers and staff of the homelessness sector, housing support and welfare benefit services.
Training and employment (6pp)
This briefing focuses on the participants’
experiences of training and employment. It
proposes a number of recommendations for managers and staff involved in designing and delivering job-skills training for vulnerable people, and for staff who work with homeless and formerly homeless people.
Mental health matters (6pp)
This briefing focuses on the participants’ mental health problems five years after they were resettled. It proposes several recommendations regarding how best to meet the mental health needs of formerly homeless people. These are directed at
mental health professionals and also managers and staff of housing support services.
The Rebuilding Lives study was funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) School for Social Care Research who have produced a four-page final report reflecting the study findings.
More about this study
The Rebuilding Lives study examined the experiences and longer-term outcomes for single homeless people who have been resettled. For the first time in the UK, information was collected about formerly homeless people five years after they were resettled. It was a follow-on of the FOR-HOME study which interviewed 400 homeless people in London, Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire at the time they were resettled and after six and 18 months.
The objectives of Rebuilding Lives were:
- To collect evidence of the circumstances of formerly homeless people five years after being rehoused, their ability to sustain tenancies and achieve independent living, and the proportion who still require support.
- To examine the characteristics of those who continue to receive or need longer-term support, how their support needs have changed over time, and whether and how their needs are currently met.
- To identify the roles of different practitioners (social care, health and housing agencies) in providing longer-term support to formerly homeless people, ways of working that have proved effective, and the challenges and difficulties of delivering this support.
- To contribute to: (a) policy, public health, and commissioning debates about the provision of longer-term support for formerly homeless people in order to prevent repeat homelessness; and (b) practice debates about the support that is required to enable formerly homeless people cope with managing a tenancy, achieve independence, and rebuild their lives.
2013 – 2015
Maureen Crane, Louise Joly and Jill Manthorpe (SCWRU)
Sarah Coward, John Miles and Ruby Fernandez-Fu assisted with tracking, interviewing and data entry
Collaborators: Broadway, Centrepoint, St Mungo’s and Thames Reach in London; Framework in Nottinghamshire; and, St Anne’s Community Services in South Yorkshire
National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) School for Social Care Research
There were 297 participants in the study. Information was collected during interviews about: (i) their housing arrangements, including moves and reasons: (ii) management of household tasks; (iii) income sources, management of finances and bills, and debts; (iv) family relationships and social networks; (v) health and substance misuse problems, and treatment/help received; (vi) use of community facilities; (vii) support received from services in the previous12 months; (viii) involvement in education, training, volunteering and employment; and (ix) ambitions and future plans. Different strategies were used to trace the participants who had moved or left their accommodation. Interviews were also conducted with workers who had provided support to the participants during the previous 12 months.
Crane, M. & Joly, L. (2014, online) 'Older homeless people: increasing numbers and changing needs', Reviews in Clinical Gerontology.
Crane, M., Joly, L. & Manthorpe, J. (2013) Rebuilding Lives: Supporting formerly homeless people to achieve independent living. Sitra Bulletin, 2, 10-11.
Crane, M., Joly, L. & Manthorpe, J. (2013) Support for formerly homeless people. London: NIHR SSCR.
Crane, M. & Joly, L. (2015) 'Preventing and Responding to homelessness', Call for evidence - Sheffield City Council's Panel, Sheffield, 14 August.
Crane, M., Joly, L. & Manthorpe, J. (2015) 'Longer-term outcomes for older homeless people who are resettled', Homeless Link, London Councils & Shelter: Spotlight on support for older people experiencing homelessness, London, 24 June.
Crane, M. & Joly, L. (2015) 'The situation of older people becoming homeless', Homeless Link, London Councils & Shelter: Spotlight on support for older people experiencing homelessness, London, 24 June.
Crane, M. & Joly, L. (2015) 'The Homelessness Research Programme, and the Rebuilding Lives study', Symposium with Bouvé College of Health Sciences, Northeastern University, Boston. London, 28 May.
Joly, L. & Crane, M. (2015) 'Conducting longitudinal research with homeless and formerly homeless people', Symposium with Bouvé College of Health Sciences, Northeastern University, Boston. London, 28 May.
Joly, L., Crane, M. & Manthorpe, J. (2015) 'The Rebuilding Lives study: Outcomes over five years for homeless people who are rehoused', Housing Studies Association Conference, University of York, 9 April.
Crane, M., Joly, L. & Manthorpe, J. (2015) 'Rebuilding Lives: supporting formerly homeless people to achieve independent living', NIHR School for Social Care Research Annual Conference, London, 24 March. [This presentation was not given due to ill health, but forms part of the conference proceedings]
Crane, M., Joly, L. & Manthorpe, J. (2015) 'Rebuilding Lives: longer-term outcomes for homeless people who are resettled', Rebuilding Lives dissemination event, King's College London, 10 March.
At the dissemination event on 10 March 2015, the homelessness organisations that were involved in the study gave a formal response. Those speaking were: Peter Radage, Service Director, Framework Housing Association; Jennifer Barnes, Centrepoint; Anna Page, Policy, Public Affairs & Research Manager, St Mungo’s Broadway; Catherine Parsons, Operational Support Manager.
Crane, M., Warnes, A.M. & Joly, L. (2013) 'Outcomes of the resettlement of single homeless people', London: Invited presentation, Homelessness and Support Division, Communities and Local Government, 27 June.
Crane, M., Joly, L. & Manthorpe, J. (2013) 'Rebuilding Lives: Supporting formerly homeless people to achieve independent living', London: Housing and Social Care Research Workshop, NIHR SSCR, 29 October.
Crane, M. & Joly, L. (2014) 'The housing and support needs of older homeless people', London: ‘Housing and Support for Older Londoners’ Conference, Making Research Count, Age UK London and SCWRU, 6 February.