This JSNA describes the needs of people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless; it demonstrates their often poor outcomes, poor physical and mental heath, and drug, alcohol and psycho-social problems. Making the transition out of homelessness can be an intensely difficult process, involving much more than the provision of housing. Their complex needs require well coordinated services and support from a variety of different organisations. These complexities are also reflected in the commissioning of services for the homeless which involves different funding streams and a variety of commissioning and provider organisations.
This JSNA has been developed through joint working between the NHS, the County Council, the City and District Councils in Cambridgeshire, the Police and voluntary sector agencies. The recommendations show that we are all committed to improving outcomes for the homeless by working with them to provide well coordinated services which meet their needs and aspirations.