Project information

Unsupported Temporary Accommodation Unit

To inspire a system shift and ultimately improve the lives for homeless households in Unsupported Temporary Accommodation (UTA) - a form of insecure housing which may consist of a private hostel, B&B, emergency/temporary accommodation, short-stay HMO or guesthouse.

January 2017 - January 2022

Charity information: Justlife Foundation

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  • Need


    We know that many single homeless households end up in substandard accommodation that is unsupported, contributes to deteriorating mental and physical health, feeds cycles of homelessness and rough sleeping and ultimately, can end in early death. Statistics held by government are inaccurate. Single homeless households in Unsupported Temporary Accommodation are stuck, hidden and completely out of control of their own lives within an unfair system that does not count them.


    Temporary Accommodation Boards is a collaborative solution - working with residents that encourages sectors to work together in order to create innovative solutions to a largely unknown problem. We will transform resident's experience of UTA through place-based ownership, resident inclusion, system shaping collaboration and ongoing data gathering. A strong and successful network with common values to highlight areas of need and be fed into a national strategic group of policy & decision makers.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Providing support to launch 5 Temporary Accommodation Boards over the first year.


    » Developing workshops into Temporary Accommodation Boards. To conduct 10 workshops by Aug 2018
    » Building the level of engagement with shared measurement system which will be launched at the first national network conference in Nov17.
    » Driving changes in UTA locally: improving conditions through engaging with 100 private landlords and agreeing minimum standards.

    Success will be in the number of workshops developing into Temporary Accommodation Boards, seeing positive changes and a healthier experience in the UTA's locally.

    Aim 2

    The definition and scale of UTA to be accepted as another form of core homelessness.


    » Justlife's population estimate to be included in the Homelessness monitor (2018) by Crisis & Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
    » Drive high level of media engagement with Justlife and report issues around hidden homelessness as a result of our media strategy developed in Aug17.
    » Inclusion of UTA in other relevant homelessness publications such as annual reports from Homeless Link and Shelter.

    For Justlife's population estimate to be included in the homelessness monitor (2018).

    Aim 3

    To form a national strategic group made up of stakeholder bodies to agree on national policy.


    » To get a full list of potential members identified by April18 with an initial meeting arranged with each.
    » Commitment from a mimimum of 5 individuals to be part of the national strategic group with 2 dates booked in the diary.

    Success will be gaining commitment from at least 5 influencial individuals to form part of a national strategic group to create change together.

  • Impact


    Our aim is to see the national network of Temporary Accommodation Boards (TABs) exist beyond Justlife. Our aim in creating systems change is to ensure stays in UTA are as short, safe & healthy as possible for the hidden homeless. We believe that by the end of 2018, with additional published research, 15 local TABs and a national strategic group of policymakers, that we will start seeing the system shift which will ultimately result in a better system for the homeless households in UTA


    The main risk to this project is the hidden nature of unsupported temporary accommodation. The result is that key stakeholders may seek to lay blame and responsibility on others. The main risk could lead to a denial of the problem and a lack of willingness to change it. We will minimise risk by focusing on local areas that have a natural interest in address the issue. Starting locally, collating data and making change in order to evidence how working collectively can influence change positively.


    Donors to this project will receive a monthly email report keeping them updated on it's progress.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £200,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £40,000 Project Lead 1 year total
      £30,000 Worker 1 1 year total
      £30,000 Worker 2 1 year total
      £15,000 Leadership 1 year total
      £30,000 IT Communication Platform
      £15,000 Partnership Costs e.g. IPPR over a year
      £25,000 Project Costs 1 year total
      £15,000 Back office 1 year total
  • Background


    Our project has been piloted in Manchester and we have since implemented a second temporary accommodation board in Brighton and now we will work to create more Temporary Accommodation Boards around the country and establish a learning network through which to continue to implement our vision for national change for the hidden homeless stuck in UTA.


    Adults who are close to the streets, the hidden homeless who are living across our country in Unsupported Temporary and Emergency Accommodation: B&Bs, guesthouses, homeless
    hostels, private hostels, private hotels, emergency accommodation and short-stay HMOs (houses in multiple occupation).
    Our aim is to ensure their stay is as short, safe and as healthy as possible.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Justlife works with the hidden homeless in UTA in Manchester and Brighton, ensuring their stays are as short, safe and healthy as possible. Through our projects we provide: welfare advice support, healthcare coordination, re-housing support as well as general health and well-being support. Over the past 3 years we have helped 2,314 hidden homeless individuals in UTA who have received a range of basic advice and guidance to in-depth welfare advice and support from Justlife project workers.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Gary Bishop

    He will provide strategic direction and input into the project as well as managerial support to Christa Maciver, the project lead.

    Christa Maciver

    She is the project lead and is responsible for the project's ongoing development and management of the unit team.

    Rachel Yates

    To support the project's lead by conducting ongoing research, network development and building up service user involvement within the project.

    Andy Morris

    He will provide operational support directly to the management team whilst providing wider management and support of all organisation wide operations.