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Rough sleepers exposed to mental health ‘crisis’ on London streets

Story via London News Online The spiralling homelessness crisis is London’s most shameful open secret. It is not the ‘silent killer’ of air pollution or the after-dark threat of knife crime. We are faced with its devastating effects in plain sight every day. But while the statistics continue to shock and appal – the number.. read more →

13 Feb 2017
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London councils put £45m into property fund

The fund is a partnership between social impact investment company Resonance and homelessness charity St Mungo’s to buy homes that can be let to the charity. Three London councils have bought into a property fund buying homes that can be let to a charity. The fund is a partnership between social impact investment company Resonance.. read more →

07 Feb 2017
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St Mungo’s rough sleeper teams respond to freezing weather

With freezing weather moving in across the country over the next few days, St Mungo’s teams are redoubling efforts to help people rough sleeping off the streets and into emergency accommodation as temperatures become life-threatening. When the temperature is forecast to drop below zero for three consecutive nights, local councils activate what’s called a SWEP.. read more →

12 Jan 2017
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Labour vows to double number of homes reserved for homeless

Labour has pledged to try to greatly reduce the number of people sleeping rough by doubling the number of homes reserved for those who have been homeless, calling on the government to introduce this measure immediately. The scheme, announced by the shadow housing minister, John Healey, would see the charity-run Clearing House scheme to provide.. read more →

15 Dec 2016
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Spikes, railings and water are weapons of ‘dehumanising’ campaign against homeless

Charity says that rough sleepers are victims of ‘defensive architecture’ built to stop them resting outdoors. A campaign against homeless people is being waged in Britain’s cities, according to a new survey that claims “street cleansing” tactics are being employed by planners, businesses and security companies to stop people resting or sleeping outdoors. Interviewed by.. read more →

12 Dec 2016
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Growing crisis on UK streets as rough sleeper numbers soar

Charities raise concerns for homeless people over recent deaths and falling temperatures Jason Nash wears all three of his jackets and both his pairs of jeans at the same time. His sleeping bag doesn’t look like it has the greatest filling but he tries to get inside the stairwell of a block of flats to.. read more →

05 Dec 2016
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A mental health crisis on our streets: St Mungo’s highlights critical lack of services for homeless people

Areas with high numbers of rough sleepers do not have the specialist mental health services to cope with the need, according to a new report out today by St Mungo’s. Using a Freedom of Information request, homelessness charity St Mungo’s asked health and local authority commissioners in 111 areas with ten or more rough sleepers.. read more →

29 Nov 2016
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Ceremony remembers 160 homeless people who died in London in the last year

“The length of the list powerfully symbolises the struggles for many in London today, how easy it is to become homeless.” Last week a service was held at St Martin-in-the-Fields to remember the 160 homeless people who died in London in the last year. The names of people who had died while sleeping rough, or.. read more →

25 Nov 2016
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Anti-homelessness helpline now receiving call for help every 30 seconds

A helpline run by an anti-homelessness charity now receives one call asking for help every 30 seconds, new figures reveal. Shelter’s advice line has seen the volume of calls rise by 50,000 in the past 12 months, with one in four cases taken on by the line from people who are homeless or at risk.. read more →

15 Nov 2016
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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 →

31 Oct 2016
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