COMMUNICATIONS NEWS: Homeless Link calls for client access to mainstream help

Homeless Link, the membership group for homelessness organisations, has launched a campaign calling for mainstream services to be more accessible to homeless people with multiple problems.

A spokesman said: "In a survey of front-line homelessness agencies, Homeless Link found that almost half of the people using their services had a combination of problems, such as drug and alcohol misuse, mental health and physical problems."

According to the charity, homeless people with multiple needs have become more prevalent on the street in the past 10 years but agencies are often rebuffed when trying to get them access to mainstream health services.

Homeless Link will provide its members with material to lobby local decision makers and will work with national government to ensure strategies include plans for delivering services to people with multiple needs.

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