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Lambeth Offender Service

Many homeless people have multiple support needs, where one issue compounds another. This is particularly the case when a homeless person also has a history of offending.

The Lambeth Offender Service helps people currently in the criminal justice system who are at risk of homelessness. People leaving prison and those with a criminal record can find it hard to get accommodation, which can lead to reoffending and a revolving door back to prison.

The service works closely with Lambeth Council, as well as the courts, custody suites, and probation services. It responds to referrals for people who do not have any accommodation on release from prison or police custody. The service also works with clients involved in the criminal justice system who have a tenancy, which they are at risk of losing.

The service’s primary aim is to help these vulnerable people to avoid sleeping on the streets but the service also provide support to help reduce the chances of people re-offending.

Referrals can come from agencies or individuals, and people can also self-refer.

The Lambeth Offender Service is funded by the Government’s new Homeless Prevention Fund.

Read about other Thames Reach prevention services