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Our work with the business community has taught us that businesses have a wider purpose; as employers they can contribute to our ambition of Designing out Homelessness because access to good employment can act as a preventative measure as well as a sustainable route out of homelessness.

Working with Business in the Community and Gowling WLG we have brought together practical steps that businesses can take to help prevent and tackle homelessness. These steps have been compiled into a toolkit to support employers to consider how they can implement actions as part of their day to day activities, to prevent homelessness within their workforce, give practical help to employees when issues arise, and create pathways to employment for people who have experienced homelessness.

Recently Mills & Reeve hosted an in-person breakfast event at their offices on Colmore Row in Birmingham to bring together local businesses and the WMCA Homelessness Taskforce. The event was a great opportunity for businesses to learn more about how they can use the Designing Out Homelessness: Practical Steps for Business Toolkit. The slide deck from the event can be found in the Resources section below.

Business Resources

Business Toolkit - time limited offer of pro-bono help

The video below highlights how the Business Toolkit could help you and your business make a positive contribution to preventing homelessness at the same time as tackling some of the challenges you may be facing as a business such as retention, recruitment and staff development. It is linked to a time limited offer of pro bono support to use the Toolkit. If you are interested in taking up the offer watch the video and email us at and we can send you further information and an Expression of Interest to complete.