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What is the Commitment to Refer?

From 1 October 2018, as part of the Homelessness Reduction Act, public bodies are bound by the Duty to Refer. This is an obligation to refer anyone to a local authority if they are homeless or threatened with homelessness.  

Housing associations are not part of this, but many of our members are keen to support the act, so we worked with MHCLG to develop a housing association offer on the Duty to Refer. We have called this the Commitment to Refer.

This idea has been discussed with many housing associations already through chief executive forum meetings and our recent series of homelessness workshops. The response so far has been overwhelmingly positive with over 200 of our members already signed up. This is clearly an issue housing associations care about.

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