Homelessness

Majority of homeless women suffer mental health issues

17/02/2020

A new study has revealed that the vast majority of women who are homeless suffer from physical or mental health issues.

Calls to close down Harlow’s office blocks ‘ghettos’

14/02/2020

Converted office blocks that are being used to house vulnerable homeless people should be closed down, the MP for Harlow has said.

Scotland has ‘highest rate’ of homeless deaths in Britain, figures reveal

06/02/2020

Scotland has over twice the number of homelessness deaths than England, ‘experimental statistics’ reveal.

Temporary accommodation industry worth £1.1bn

04/02/2020

An investigation has revealed that councils are spending £1.1bn on temporary accommodation every year, with 86% going to private landlords or companies.

Calls for urgent reform of Local Housing Allowance rates

03/02/2020

Changes to Local Housing Allowance rates will fail to protect people from homelessness, the Scottish housing minister has warned.

Building society pilots ‘contactless’ donation scheme to tackle homelessness

31/01/2020

A branch of the building society Nationwide has introduced a novel new way to donate to a homelessness charity – ‘contactless posters’.

Thousands miss out on drug services due to cuts, charity finds

29/01/2020

At least 12,000 people experiencing homelessness missed out on vital drug and alcohol services last year, new research has revealed.

Seven out of 10 councils overspend on homelessness

28/01/2020

Seven out of 10 English councils overspent their homelessness budgets in 2018/19 by a combined total of nearly £115m, Local Government Association (LGA) analysis has found.

Rough sleeping programme gets £115m funding boost

28/01/2020

Funding for the Rough Sleeping Initiative will be increased by 30% this year to enable councils to deliver up to 6,000 new bed spaces.

UK ‘haemorrhaging’ social housing, charity warns

28/01/2020

A homelessness charity has warned in response to new Government figures that the UK is ‘haemorrhaging’ social housing each year.

Charity drops legal action against Glasgow Council

15/01/2020

Shelter has dropped legal action against Glasgow City Council after the Scottish Housing Regulator (SHR) announced it was intervening.

Local housing allowance ‘freeze’ ended

14/01/2020

The Government has announced that it will end the four-year freeze on the local housing allowance (LHA) which charities blame for a rise in homelessness.

PM pledges £260m to ‘eliminate’ homelessness

24/12/2019

The Prime Minister has pledged £260m to help local authorities prevent homelessness and rough sleeping.

Welfare reform drives ‘sofa surfing’, council chiefs warn

23/12/2019

Council leaders have called on the Government to adapt welfare reforms as research finds changes to the benefits system have been a driver of ‘sofa surfing’.

Council chiefs call for welfare reform to tackle homelessness

19/12/2019

Local authority leaders have called on the new Government to adapt welfare reforms so that they protect families at risk of becoming homeless.

Rough sleeping in Greater Manchester down by nearly 40%

18/12/2019

Mayor of Greater Manchester urges the Government to do more to help the homeless as figures reveal rough sleeping has fallen by 37% in one year.

Around 280,000 people will be homeless this Christmas, charity warns

18/12/2019

A new study has revealed that 280,000 people are recorded as homeless in England – an increase of 23,000 since 2016.

Khan urges Londoners to support rough sleepers this winter

17/12/2019

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has called on residents of the capital to support his winter rough sleeping campaign ahead of Christmas.

Council’s homelessness service suffers ‘serious weaknesses’

09/12/2019

A housing regulator has launched an inquiry to investigate ‘serious weaknesses’ in Glasgow City Council’s service for people who are homeless.

Overdose victims in Glasgow saved 17 times in four months

04/12/2019

Glasgow Council has released figures showing that overdose victims were revived 17 times in four months at its night shelter.

A child loses their home ‘every eight minutes’, charity says

03/12/2019

The number of children without a home in Britain is at the highest it has been in 12 years, a homelessness charity has revealed.

Lib Dems unveil plans to tackle homelessness

28/11/2019

The Liberal Democrats have set out a raft of plans to end rough sleeping if they won the General Election.

Collaboration is the key to tackling homelessness

27/11/2019

With the support of stakeholders, including forward-thinking local authorities, Beam’s innovative support model ‘swiftly removes every barrier faced by homeless people from entering the workforce’, says Seb Barker.

New grants to support Housing First services

27/11/2019

Five housing providers have been awarded £450,000 to help support people facing chronic homelessness and multiple disadvantages.

Launch of world’s first ‘gender-lens’ property fund

26/11/2019

The first gender-lens property fund to support women at risk of homelessness has been launched, aiming to raise £100m.

Families forced into homelessness by ‘unaffordable’ housing

20/11/2019

A charity has warned families are being pushed into homelessness as figures reveal nine in 10 homes are unaffordable to families relying on housing benefit.

Over 22,000 young people face homelessness this Christmas

18/11/2019

A charity has warned that tens of thousands of young people in England will be homeless or at risk of homelessness this Christmas.

Temporary accommodation costing councils £1bn a year

15/11/2019

A dramatic increase in the amount of money councils spend on temporary accommodation for the homeless is 'shocking yet entirely preventable', according to leading campaigners.

Charities use Tampon Tax to fund homelessness services

07/11/2019

Charities for homeless women have been awarded grants totalling £1.85m funded by money collected from VAT on the sale of sanitary products.

Council makes improvements following death of rough sleeper

24/10/2019

Worcester City Council has implemented all ten recommendations made in an independent review into the death of a rough sleeper in the city.

Nearly £2m awarded to projects improving health services for the homeless

22/10/2019

Nearly £2m has been awarded to six projects as part of an effort to help test models that improve access to health services for people sleeping rough.

How accurate is the annual rough sleeping count?

21/10/2019

With some councils changing from estimating the number of homeless people on the streets to actually counting them, do recent figures genuinely reflect the success of the government's rough sleeping initiative? Neil Merrick investigates.

Fear of homelessness keeping women in ‘dangerous situations’, report finds

17/10/2019

Almost half of women fleeing secure tenancies said that fear of becoming homeless had been a barrier to leaving their abuser, a new study has revealed.

No homeless veterans

14/10/2019

Ed Tytherleigh calls on every single council to identify and refer veterans to appropriate services to ensure there are no homeless veterans.

Homelessness crisis costs London councils £200m a year, report reveals

14/10/2019

The homelessness crisis and inadequate funding are costing local authorities in London an estimated £200m every year, the capital’s councils have warned.

Cost of B&Bs for homeless people rockets

14/10/2019

Councils are being forced to spend more than £90m a year on placing homeless people in bed and breakfasts, council chiefs have warned.

Trial launched into providing a stable home for ex-offenders

11/10/2019

A scheme to give prisoners a place to live when they are released is now being trialled in Leeds, London and Bristol, it has been announced.

A targeted approach to tackle homelessness

10/10/2019

The Government's objective of ending homelessness by 2027 can be achieved through a more targeted and long-term approach, experts told Mark Whitehead.

Creating a real change

10/10/2019

How can local authorities harness the power of alternative giving to provide more funds for tackling homelessness? Ketan Patel reports.

Public call for more investment in housing benefit

10/10/2019

Three quarters of the public believe that housing benefit should increase in line with rents, according to a new poll published to mark World Homeless Day.

Councils join pilot to find data-driven solutions to homelessness

03/10/2019

Three local authorities in Scotland, Wales and England have agreed to join a pilot which aims to help them improve their use of evidence and data in order to tackle homelessness.

Glasgow faces legal battle over homeless services

03/10/2019

Shelter Scotland has launched a legal battle against Glasgow City Council over failures in its homelessness service.

Mayor announces £90,000 to help homeless veterans

02/10/2019

Homeless veterans in Yorkshire are set to receive more support as the mayor of the Sheffield City Region announces £90,000 for a local homelessness charity.

Number of homeless deaths see biggest increase on record

01/10/2019

The number of homeless people dying has increased by 22% in the past year, new figures have revealed today.

Over 3,500 homeless veterans missing out on council support

24/09/2019

Thousands of homeless veterans could be losing out on support and housing available to them, figures reveal as campaign to help homeless veterans is launched.

Casey calls for support to tackle homelessness

16/09/2019

Homelessness expert Dame Louise Casey has issued a call to arms to tackle the rising tide of homelessness around the world.

A household became homeless ‘every four minutes’ last year, figures reveal

12/09/2019

The new Government figures on homelessness in England have revealed the impact of the housing crisis on young people and families.

Domestic abuse survivors face homelessness, charity warns

12/09/2019

A charity has warned that women escaping domestic abuse face the risk of homelessness due to a lack of refuge bed spaces.

Burnham announces £6m for homelessness scheme

09/09/2019

Mayor Andy Burnham has announced a £6m funding package for the second phase of Greater Manchester’s A Bed Every Night scheme.

Spending Round 2019: Chancellor pledges £1.5bn 'down payment' for social care

04/09/2019

Councils will have access to £1.5bn of new funding for social care next year, the chancellor has announced.

Office for Veterans’ Affairs given £5m funding boost

03/09/2019

The Government has announced a £5m fund boost to help support military veterans.

Charity calls for investment in housing benefit to prevent homelessness

02/09/2019

Restoring the Local Housing Allowance benefit to cover the full cost of rents could stop more than 6,000 households being pushed into homelessness, according to campaigners.

Children growing up in ‘B&Bs and shipping containers’, commissioner warns

21/08/2019

Thousands of children are growing up in unsuitable temporary accommodation, commissioner warns – a state of affairs council chiefs blame on a lack of funding.

Council accused of acting ‘unlawfully’ over housing of homeless people

20/08/2019

Glasgow City Council has been threatened with legal action over its failure to provide homeless people with temporary accommodation.

Nearly one third of homeless fatalities occur in temporary accommodation

14/08/2019

New research has revealed that a person affected by homelessness is dying every 19 hours with nearly a third of fatalities occurring in emergency or temporary accommodation.

Khan announces 200 new homes for rough sleepers and victims of domestic abuse

09/08/2019

Up to 200 new homes will be built in London to help former rough sleeps and victims of domestic abuse to leave hostels and refuges.

‘Primary school’s worth’ of children face homelessness this summer

22/07/2019

Next PM told to make homelessness an 'urgent priority' as research finds hundreds of children face being placed into temporary accommodation this summer.

Homeless people denied access to healthcare, study finds

17/07/2019

Homeless people are being denied access to basic healthcare, a new study has revealed.

Benefit freeze ‘fuelling’ homelessness

08/07/2019

The freeze on housing benefits is driving up homelessness in London, the capital’s boroughs have warned.

Council apologises for misinforming homeless teenager about their rights

05/07/2019

Essex County Council has apologised for turning away homeless children from care following a judicial review and has committed to better train its social workers.

Think tank calls for creation of ‘investment state’

03/07/2019

A think tank has called for an end to austerity and the creation of an ‘investment state’ to help boost economic growth.

Labour link funding cuts to homeless deaths

25/06/2019

Local government funding cuts are hitting areas with the highest levels of homeless deaths, according to a new Labour analysis.

Manchester’s rough sleeping scheme secures NHS funding

20/06/2019

NHS in Greater Manchester has agreed to allocate £1.5m to help tackle rough sleeping and homelessness across the region.

Whitehall blasted for trying to solve homelessness ‘on a shoestring’

20/06/2019

An assessment of the state of homelessness prevention has criticised Whitehall for trying to solve the homelessness crisis ‘on a shoestring’.

Calls to scrap ‘draconian’ Vagrancy Act

19/06/2019

A new report has argued the 1824 Vagrancy Act, which makes rough sleeping and begging illegal in England and Wales, is ‘inhumane’ and should be scrapped.

Councils urged to work with credit unions to prevent homelessness

17/06/2019

Councils could save millions of pounds by partnering with credit unions to offer interest free loans to families at risk of eviction, a new study has found.

Nearly 2,000 abuse victims a year struggle to access ‘safe’ council housing

30/05/2019

Around 1,960 people fleeing domestic abuse each year are put at risk of homelessness because they are not eligible for ‘safe, secure housing’, study shows.

Council refuses to accept ruling over treatment of homeless family

30/05/2019

Oadby and Wigston Borough Council has refused to accept an official ruling over its treatment of a homeless family facing domestic violence, according to LGO.

Most councils warn benefit freeze will make more people homeless

15/05/2019

Nine out of 10 councils believe the housing benefit freeze will push more people into homelessness, a new survey has revealed.

Stopping youth homelessness is 'patchy' says think tank

14/05/2019

A year after the Homelessness Reduction Act, progress on youth homelessness prevention is patchy across local authority areas, a think tank has revealed.

Councils urged to apply for funding to improve health of rough sleepers

10/05/2019

Councils are being urged to bid for a share of £1.9m to help support rough sleepers living with a mental illness or substance abuse problem.

Burnham urges Whitehall to declare ‘homelessness emergency’

08/05/2019

The Mayor of Greater Manchester has called on the Government to declare a ‘homelessness emergency’.

Homeless shelter closes due to safety concerns

03/05/2019

A homeless centre in Shrewsbury has been temporarily closed down after safety concerns about the building were brought to Shropshire Council’s attention.

Funding boost to help vulnerable rough sleepers

03/05/2019

More than 100 local authorities are to share £25m funding to help vulnerable rough sleepers to get specialist support.

Council spending on single homeless people falls by £1bn

24/04/2019

Councils have called on the Government to provide more help to tackle homelessness, following figures showing a drop in the amount they spend dealing with it.

Homelessness charity wins £3.6m lottery grant

23/04/2019

A charity which helps people battling with homelessness, long-term unemployment and addiction is set to expand thanks to a grant from the national lottery.

City council drops £100 begging fines

18/04/2019

Southampton City Council has decided to remove its £100 fines for begging after finding the penalty had ‘little effect’.

London council signs a £44.6m partnership to build new homes

17/04/2019

Croydon Council has signed up to a multi-million pound partnership with Legal & General in order to deliver over 160 new homes.

Modular homes to be developed for homeless families in London

16/04/2019

Temporary modular homes are to be developed for homeless families in the capital following a £11m investment by mayor Sadiq Khan.

Cash-strapped councils struggle to fulfil homelessness prevention duties

04/04/2019

Over two thirds of councils say they do not have sufficient funding to fulfil their statutory duty to prevent homelessness.

Homelessness Reduction Act: One year on

25/03/2019

Groundbreaking legislation a year ago gave councils new powers to deal with homelessness, but the problem has not gone away, says Mark Whitehead.

Government announces £46m to tackle rough sleeping

25/03/2019

The communities secretary has announced that £46m will be made available to help councils get people off the streets and into accommodation.

Councils 'struggling to cope' with Homelessness Reduction Act

25/03/2019

A year after the Government took radical steps to reduce homelessness councils are warning they lack the resources to cope with a rising tide of people needing somewhere to live.

Brokenshire announces £1m boost for homeless veterans

20/03/2019

The Government has announced that local areas will be receiving a boost of £1m to help ensure vulnerable veterans do not end up sleeping rough.

Councils collaborate to address homelessness crisis

14/03/2019

Over a dozen London boroughs have joined the collaborative programme Capital Letters, which aims to support homeless households across the capital.

Councils to share £19.5m to unlock private housing for most vulnerable

01/03/2019

Councils are to share nearly £20m to help people at risk of homelessness to move into the private rented sector.

Poor, urban areas see majority of homeless deaths

26/02/2019

Welfare cuts and a lack of social housing are driving the homelessness crisis which has resulted in hundreds of deaths, particularly in poor, urban areas.

Whitehall’s ‘hostile environment’ puts children in danger, charity says

19/02/2019

The Government’s commitment to creating a ‘hostile environment’ for migrants outweighs their commitment to children’s rights, a charity has warned.

Rough-sleeping up 165% over the last decade, figures reveal

31/01/2019

High rents, a ‘faulty’ benefits system, and a lack of social housing has driven the dramatic rise in rough-sleeping since 2010, a homelessness charity has said.

How can local authorities successfully and sustainably tackle homelessness in their area?

31/01/2019

Victoria King Lowe explores how local authorities can work with partners to attract additional funding and implement cost-effective solutions that can reduce rough sleeping and homelessness.

Over 900 rough sleepers in Greater Manchester given ‘a bed every night’

21/01/2019

Greater Manchester’s scheme for helping rough sleepers has seen a ‘significant increase’ in the number of people it has helped in the last few months.

Labour promises to repeal nineteenth-century Vagrancy Act

24/12/2018

The Labour Party has announced that they plan to repeal the Vagrancy Act 1824 which criminalises begging and rough sleeping.

Deaths of homeless people up 24% in five years

21/12/2018

Local authority chiefs say they are ‘determined’ to prevent homelessness as figures reveal almost 600 homeless people died in England and Wales last year.

Essex councils warn of problems with rehousing London’s homeless in the county

19/12/2018

Essex council leaders have written to the Mayor of London highlighting concerns over homeless people from the capital being rehoused in the county.

End ‘unnecessary’ homelessness catch-22, watchdog says

18/12/2018

A watchdog has called for an end to the ‘unnecessary catch-22’ where homeless people are unable to access public services because they have no postal address.

Brokenshire launches homelessness 'hubs'

18/12/2018

Communities secretary James Brokenshire has announced a network of 11 homelessness ‘hubs’ across England to tackle rough sleeping.

Over 12,000 people sleeping rough this Christmas, charity warns

17/12/2018

The number of people sleeping rough or on buses and cars in England is more than double what Government statistics suggest, homelessness charity says.

Increasing use of temporary accommodation ‘disruptive’, council chiefs say

14/12/2018

Local government leaders have angrily rejected the increasing use of temporary accommodation to house homeless families.

Council chiefs call for ‘proper resourcing’ to end homelessness

10/12/2018

Investment announced by the Government to end homelessness will help, according to council leaders, but cuts in resources are making it more challenging.

Supported housing system ‘isn’t working’, charity warns

05/12/2018

People living in supported housing are being discouraged from finding work because of fears they will not be able to afford their rent, report reveals.

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