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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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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 →

24 Oct 2016
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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 →

10 Oct 2016
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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 →

06 Sep 2016
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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 →

05 Sep 2016
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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 →

12 Aug 2016
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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 →

30 Jun 2016
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