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Rough Sleeping Social Impact Bond - Newcastle and Gateshead

Social Impact Bond

Location: North East, United Kingdom

Launch date: 2018

Duration: 42 months

Policy area: Homelessness

Commissioners: Ministry of Housing (Central government), Department of Communities and Local Government (Central government)

Providers: Changing Lives (working with Oasis Aquila)

Investors: Big Issue Invest

Target population: 18+ years with complex and co-occuring needs and a history of rough sleeping/homelessness

Size of cohort: 168

Stage: Implementation

Intervention description

In Newcastle and Gateshead the homelessness responses work well for most people, except the most excluded. Newcastle Council, Gateshead Council and Newcastle Gateshead CCG are committed to ending rough sleeping, however, they know that the current system for responding to multiple exclusion needs to go further and shift the focus from a 'housing related support' response to one which recognises how unmet 'underlying issues' and health needs in particular, prevent a transition to independence and an improved quality of life that can be sustained. 

The evidence shows that people sleep rough because of a complex mix of health and social issues and not simply because of a shortage of accommodation. An appropriately skilled workforce is pivotal to the success of this SIB, and in response they have commissioned an integrated multi-disciplinary team (MDT) which includes a co-located Mental Health Social Worker and Addictions Nurse Specialist. The aim of the Social Impact Bond is to offer people personalised integrated and humane responses to meet their accommodation, health and care needs across both Newcastle and Gateshead 


- Entering accommodation
- Sustained accommodation (at 3, 6, 12, 18 and 24 months) 
- General wellbeing assessments 
- Entry into mental health services
- Sustained engagement with mental health support 
- Entry into alcohol misuse treatment
- Sustained engagement with alcohol misuse treatment 
- Improved education/training
- Volunteering (at 13 and 26 weeks) 
- Part time work (at 13 and 26 weeks) 

- Full time work (at 13 and 26 weeks)