From Homeless Link:
We are working to for an effective welfare safety net that supports individuals to escape homelessness.
The welfare system plays a vital role when it comes to preventing and tackling homelessness.
If you have lost your job, benefits can prevent you ending up on the streets. While you look for work, benefits provide an income to help you survive. If you are unable to work, the welfare system can help cover the basic necessities of living. Understandably, many people who have experienced homelessness do received benefits.
Since 2012, we have seen far reaching reform of the welfare system and many of the changes have had a significant impact on homeless people and those who support them.
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