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Single Homeless Prevention Service (SHPS) Brent

Social Impact Bond

Location: Brent, London, United Kingdom

Launch date: 2017

Duration: 24 months

Capital raised: £1.4m

Policy area: Homelessness

Commissioner: Brent Council (Local government)

Providers: Crisis, Thames Reach

Investors: Bridges Fund Management

SIB structure: Intermediated

Target population: Single people at risk of becoming homeless (who have been referred to develop a Personal Housing Plan)

Size of cohort: 1500

Outcome evaluation method: Validated administrative data

Stage: Implementation

Intervention description

The Single Homeless Prevention Service (SHPS) Brent is a collaboration between a group of organisations and the London Borough of Brent around a common goal: to provide support to adults at-risk of becoming homeless in Brent. It will do this by two means: 

1. Prevention, where a beneficiary is at risk of being evicted or falling behind with their rent and need support to maintain the tenancy; and 

2. Relief, where a beneficiary is not in stable accommodation and needs help to identify some and sign a stable tenancy agreement. 

The programme will also work with each beneficiary over the long-term to sustain whatever positive arrangement was made.


Outcomes will be measured against each homelessness prevented and each accommodation sustained for a pre-determined period. Outcomes are measured and paid along a simple three-step plan:

  1. Completion of the Personal Housing Plan
  2. Initial prevention or relief of homelessness
  3. Sustainment of accommodation for eight months with no identified risk of homeless

Further information

Single Homeless Prevention Service (SHPS) Brent

Bridges Fund Management