Adults experiencing severe and multiple disadvantage homelessness often face challenges around problematic substance use, mental health issues, and as victims of crime. Several different interventions are often used to address problematic substance use, ranging from abstinence-based (where the individual is required to abstain from using throughout the intervention) through to harm reduction (aimed at reducing the harms associated with use, rather than the substance use itself).

This systematic review will assess the extant evidence on the effectiveness of these interventions, aimed at providing evidence of what works for policy makers, commissioners, and providers.

What is the need?

Better evidence on what works in terms of interventions aimed at preventing or reducing homelessness.

What are we doing?

Systematic review with meta-analysis.

What will be the outcomes?

Outcomes will include

  • A Published review
  • Three policy blogs
  • Related policy briefs

What are the timescales?

The systematic review will take between 12 and 18 months to complete.

 


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