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Autism and homelessness

This briefing producing by Homeless Link, the national membership body for the homelessness sector in England, aims to provide frontline staff with information to better support people experiencing homelessness who are known or suspected to have autism. It includes suggestions of how to overcome challenges and case examples of two individuals with autism who were successfully supported to address their housing needs.

People with autism typically do not understand social rules and find them difficult to learn. Challenges in communicating and interacting with others can lead to relationship breakdown, an inability to build up a support network and difficulties in interacting with others to access help.