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Annabel’s June Blog

A day in the life of an Assessment and Reconnection Worker   9am I start my shift on a high note when Ashley tells me that he has been accepted to a local authority’s hostel while he awaits permanent accommodation.  Like many of our clients, Ashley had been part of the ‘hidden homeless’ community before.. 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 →

Mark’s May blog

An interview with Assessment and Reconnection Worker Mark about what it’s like to work at No Second Night Out. What’s a typical day at work like for you? There’s really no such thing! One day I might be in Scotland assisting a client to make a homelessness application at Housing Options – the next day.. 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 →

Without secure housing, how can vulnerable women begin to rebuild their lives?

For many women, housing need goes hand in hand with violence, abuse and other vulnerabilities. Research carried out for Agenda, an alliance for women and girls at risk, found that 1 in 20 women experience sexual and physical abuse as both adults and children. That’s 1.2 million women in England. Too many end up in substandard housing or.. read more →

Rise in homelessness in England triggers calls to follow Welsh strategy

Ministers urged to look at Wales’s effective law after 33% increase in people accepted as homeless by English councils. England’s homelessness crisis is continuing to grow with new data showing a 33% rise since 2010 in people accepted as homeless by councils, putting further pressure on the government to act. A Shelter analysis using the latest.. read more →

Why the UK housing market is brutal if you’re young, LGBT and homeless

Emma Jackson – the Guardian   Young lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people have long been over-represented among the homeless, with research from the Albert Kennedy Trust finding that this demographic comprises up to 24% of the young homeless population. Recent government changes to housing benefit policy are further exacerbating homelessness and housing problems among.. read more →

Scotland: Crisis urges parties to back Manifesto to End Homelessness

National homelessness charity Crisis is today launching a series of recommendations for the next Scottish Government to follow in its continued fight against homelessness. The Manifesto to End Homelessness calls on all political parties to adopt a new cross-departmental strategy for tackling homelessness and to commit to investing in a more proactive approach to prevention. The five-point manifesto also urges parties to.. read more →

Budget reaction: Welcome news for people sleeping on the streets but long term protection for supported housing needed

In today’s Budget, the Chancellor announced new funding to tackle homelessness: •    £100 million to deliver low-cost ‘second stage’ accommodation for rough sleepers leaving hostel accommodation and domestic abuse victims and their families moving on from refuges. This will provide at least 2,000 places to enable independent living for vulnerable households and individuals, freeing up.. read more →