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The number of people seen rough sleeping in London has risen by 13 per cent in the past year, according to a new report

Street  to Home 2012/13’, produced by Broadway Homelessness and Support, shows that 6,437 people were seen sleeping  on the streets of the Capital between April 1, 2012 and March 31, 2013. This  compares to 5,678 the previous year. However, the report also shows that a greater proportion of people were  only seen sleeping rough once in.. read more →

Just because an alarming number of homeless people die young, doesn’t mean we should get used to it

Jeremy Swain, Chief Executive of homelessness charity Thames Reach, blogs about how people within the homeless sector can almost become immune to death on the streets. …there is a danger that the familiar ritual of attending another funeral means we become immune to the gravity of a life ended early. Recently some of us working with people.. read more →

Councils may be forced to spend more time assessing the needs of homeless people

Judge Anthony Thornton flagged up the potential impact of the case of a man who was last week granted permission to apply for a judicial review of the way Westminster Council handled his homelessness application. Judge Thornton said that given ‘the importance and topicality of this decision’ in the field of homeless applications he had.. read more →

St Mungos work with Broadway to deliver NSNO

St Mungo’s is working with Broadway Homelessness and Support to take forward the Mayor’s No Second Night Out service for two more years. Charles Fraser, Chief Executive of St Mungo’s said: “It is vital that anyone newly sleeping rough is helped off the streets as quickly as possible. We are pleased to be partnering with.. read more →

Broadway wins NSNO Contract

Homelessness charity Broadway has won the £5 million two-year contract to take on the mayor of London’s no second night out project from June this year. Howard Sinclair, chief executive of Broadway, said: ‘We are committed to ending rough sleeping in the capital and by working in partnership on this tender – and by expanding.. read more →

Local authorities need to up their game and provide consistent, knowledgeable support for homeless people seeking help

This is a story of two very different men connected by the disquieting similarity in their experiences of seeking housing assistance from local authorities. Both describe with bemusement journeys that involve taking numbered tickets from machines, waiting in queues, finding it is the wrong queue, being given lists of addresses with telephone numbers that don’t.. read more →

‘Tackling homelessness is not just about tackling rough sleeping’

Howard Sinclair is Chief Executive of Broadway Homelessness, writing in The Spectator, he outlines what the GLA and Major of London are doing to prevent people rough sleeping in London.  I can be the first to criticise the Greater London Authority and indeed the Government for lack of provision. However, both locally and nationally the.. read more →

Homeless Link launch a new vision paper – ‘A Place to Call Your Home’

Homeless Link is to present the government with a manifesto outlining how to tackle homelessness over the next 10 years. By 2016 the report calls for the government to introduce incentives to ensure that people leaving agencies are provided with the necessary support. It also asks that a reconnection service is available in every region.. read more →

Rise in rough sleeping increased for second year in a row

The number of people rough sleeping has gone up by 31 per cent in the past two years, according to government statistics released today. Communities and Local Government department figures show the number of rough sleepers in a single-night snapshot in autumn 2012 was 2,309 up from 1,768 in autumn 2010. This year’s figure was.. read more →

No Second Night Out schemes nationwide handed £3.6 million

Housing minister Mark Prisk announced today 23 charities would receive grants totalling £3.6 million to launch no second night initiatives in their areas. Mr Prisk said: ‘We have some of the strongest protections in the world against homelessness, and key to this is our £20 million investment to extend no second night out across the.. read more →