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What you can do to help rough sleepers this winter

Cold weather can be fatal for homeless people but there are practical steps you can take, such as volunteering or using an app to alert professionals As the nights lengthen and temperatures nosedive, staying indoors becomes more tempting. But for homeless people there is no such luxury, and while sleeping rough is never an enjoyable.. read more →

Councils ‘tell homeless to sleep on streets so they can get help’

Homeless people are being told by councils to sleep rough so they can get help, research by a charity has found. People who turned to their local authority for help were often sent packing without support or instructed to sleep rough in order to access services, according to a report by St Mungo’s. The findings,.. read more →

Rise in Homelessness highlights importance of National Rough Sleeping Strategy

St Mungo’s delivers letter with over 15,000 signatures to 10 Downing Street calling on the Prime Minister to lead a new strategy to end rough sleeping Today (10 October, 11am) St Mungo’s clients, staff and volunteers are handing in a letter with over 15,000 signatures to 10 Downing Street, calling on the PM to lead.. read more →

Housing benefit cap may force 67% of women’s refuges to close – report

Two-thirds of women’s refuges in England are facing closure due to a change in the way housing benefit is paid to supported and sheltered housing, according to the national domestic abuse charity Women’s Aid. Government plans to cap housing benefit in the social sector at the same levels paid to private landlords risks destroying the finances of the refuges, which.. read more →

56 days to prevent homelessness

Bea Orchard. 2nd September 2016 In 56 days time MPs will have the chance to help make some major improvements to the homelessness legislation. On 28 October we need MPs to turn up in Parliament to help turn the Homelessness Reduction Bill into law. Why is 56 days important? The Homelessness Reduction Bill would give councils 56 days.. read more →

With supported housing in limbo, vulnerable people face homelessness

Howard Sinclair – Chief executive of St Mungo’s Vulnerable people who rely on supported housing to provide a home and extra support to help them cope with life’s challenges face a summer of uncertainty and even homelessness. The government has recently completed a review of supported housing, and we were expecting an announcement in July.. read more →

St Mungo’s calls on MPs to back Homelessness Reduction Bill as new rough sleeping figures released

29 June 2016 St Mungo’s has warmly welcomed the Homelessness Reduction Bill, introduced today by backbench Conservative MP Bob Blackman. The announcement of the new Bill comes on the same day as new figures published by the Greater London Authority (GLA) show a seven per cent rise in rough sleeping in London during 2015-16. A.. read more →

Westminster Homeless Action Together

Petra Salva is Director of Street Homelessness and Outreach services at St Mungo’s. Here she explains why St Mungo’s is partnering with other charities and organisations in July’s innovative Westminster Homeless Action Together to help end street homelessness. “My starting point is this. I believe rough sleeping is harmful. It’s bad for the people rough.. read more →

Homeless people need more mental health support, says charity

With four in 10 rough sleepers having a mental health problem, homelessness charity St Mungo’s has called for the government to invest in specialist support. Claire McMenemy has spent almost a lifetime drifting in and out of homelessness: sleeping rough on the streets, in a hostel bed or in a prison cell. Diagnosed with borderline.. read more →

We need a change in the law to prevent homelessness and rough sleeping

25 April 2016 St Mungo’s is calling for a change in the homelessness legislation to stop people with nowhere to live from being left to sleep on the streets. A new report out today, The homelessness legislation: an independent review of the legal duties owed to homeless people, outlines the findings of an independent expert panel.. read more →