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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 →

UK Budget 2016: George Osborne makes £110m pledge to help homeless people

George Osborne is to spend more than  £110 million in tomorrow’s Budget on a drive to end the scandal of rough sleeping in London and other cities. The Chancellor will champion a series of new measures, aimed particularly at the capital, to provide a better safety net for vulnerable people in danger of being forced.. read more →

Rising number of people are sleeping in bins, refuse collectors warn

The refuse collection industry is increasingly concerned about the rising number of people sleeping in dustbins, an unexpected consequence of the rise in rough sleeping, and has issued safety guidance to bin lorry drivers on how to prevent homeless people from being crushed in compaction units. Figures collected by one of the UK’s largest waste management firms,.. read more →

Homelessness crisis: ministers consider ‘prevention duty’ for councils

Ministers are considering changes to the law in an attempt to support the growing number of people on the brink of homelessness, including tens of thousands of “sofa surfers” currently denied official help to keep them off the streets. Options include introducing a new duty of prevention in England, which would force councils to provide advice.. read more →

Stop the scandal: an investigation into mental health and rough sleeping

It’s not right that anyone should be without a home, and it’s nothing short of a scandal that people with mental health problems are stuck sleeping rough. St Mungo’s has investigated the issue of mental health and rough sleeping to improve our understanding of the problem and propose some solutions. Our research is based on.. read more →

One night on the streets: a portrait of homelessness in Britian

The Guardian sent reporters to five cities on Thursday night to report on how the people at the heart of Britain’s homelessness crisis are coping. Click here to read their stories on the Guardian website read more →