A humanitarian crisis is defined as a singular event or a series of events that are threatening in terms of health, safety or wellbeing of a community or large group of people.

Early 2017’ has sparked debate following the Red Cross’s application of this descriptor to the NHS. The same could be applied to homelessness across parts of the UK.

The NHS crisis is exacerbated by the lack of suitable housing for vulnerable people, including older people, stuck in hospital beds. Proposed new funding arrangements for supported housing invite opportunities to alleviate the crises in health and social care but presents challenges.