Homelessness

Trust seeks £150m to acquire more homes to rent to councils

17/05/2022

Real estate investment trust Home REIT is looking to raise £150m to support its plans to acquire more homes to let out to charities and councils.

Council pays family threatened with homelessness £6,000

13/05/2022

Bromley council has agreed to pay a family threatened with homelessness £6,000 after an investigation concluded that it did not do enough to help them.

Council considers buying 37 houses for homeless families

12/05/2022

Torbay Council is considering borrowing £10m to purchase 37 properties to help homeless families.

Refugees who refuse housing offers to become homeless

11/05/2022

Afghan refugees who turn down two offers of accommodation could be referred to councils as homeless.

‘No fault evictions’ up nearly 40%

29/04/2022

Local authority leaders have called for an end to ‘no fault evictions’ as new figures reveal they are up 37% on pre-pandemic levels.

Consultation on replacing Vagrancy Act is launched

08/04/2022

The Government has launched a consultation on replacing an 'outdated' law that criminalises homeless people.

Councils to fund housing for homeless refugees

01/04/2022

Local authorities will have to pick up the bill for accommodating homeless Ukrainian refugees from their own budgets, a minister has said.

Homeless deaths increase 80% in two years

31/03/2022

The number of people dying while homeless has increased by 80% in two years, shocking new research reveals.

Data issues hampering councils' refugee response

30/03/2022

Councils are struggling to prepare for the arrival of refugees due to a lack of quality data, MPs have been told.

Boroughs ‘deeply concerned’ by nearly 30% reduction in homelessness funds

25/03/2022

London boroughs have warned that a reduction in Government funding risks undermining homelessness prevention work in the capital.

Women make up 65% of Londoners in temporary accommodation

08/03/2022

There are almost twice as many homeless women than men in temporary accommodation arranged by a borough in London, new analysis reveals.

Rough sleeping figures fall by nearly 10%

24/02/2022

A charity calls for a ‘roadmap out of homelessness’ as Government figures released today reveal that the number of people sleeping rough has decreased by 9%.

Law criminalising homeless people to be scrapped

23/02/2022

The Government has announced it will be repealing the 1824 Vagrancy Act that criminalises rough sleeping and begging in England and Wales.

Homelessness levels could rise by a third by 2024, research warns

22/02/2022

The number of homeless people in England could increase by a third by 2024, new research has warned today.

Councils secure £174m funding for 'move on' homes for rough sleepers

11/02/2022

Councils in England have received a £174m funding boost to deliver 2,900 homes for rough sleepers.

Nearly 400 households a day facing homelessness

28/01/2022

More than 36,000 households became homeless in the three months after the ban on evictions ended in England, according to new data.

Holyrood announces £16m to help tackle homelessness

04/01/2022

Councils in Scotland are being given an extra £16m to help tackle homelessness by moving people from temporary accommodation into settled homes.

Over 86,000 London children in temporary accommodation over Christmas

24/12/2021

More than 86,000 children in the capital will spend Christmas in temporary accommodation arranged by their local borough, London council leaders have revealed.

Government announces £316m funding boost to tackle homelessness

21/12/2021

The Government today announced a multi-million-pound package which will be allocated to local authorities according to the level of homelessness in their area.

One in every 206 people are homeless, charity warns

09/12/2021

One in every 206 people in England are without a home, new research from a homelessness charity has revealed.

Figures show 688 homeless people died in 2020

01/12/2021

Councils have called for a cross-departmental government plan to tackle homelessness after figures showed 688 homeless people died in England and Wales last year.

Councils secure funding to secure private homes for homeless people

30/11/2021

Councils in Wales will receive £30m funding over the next five years to help use private housing to prevent homelessness.

What is next for homelessness and rough sleeping in the UK?

23/11/2021

Dr Lígia Teixeira calls for a switch from crisis interventions to an even greater focus on prevention to tackle homelessness.

Number of homeless EEA citizens is 'growing concern' charity warns

10/11/2021

A new report has warned the scale of homelessness among EEA citizens across the UK has become a 'growing concern'.

We need to focus on outcomes not just services

02/11/2021

Stephen Muers explains how social impact investment using outcomes partnerships can help deliver more effective spending and new approaches.

Government announces £65m rent arrears support package

25/10/2021

Councils will receive £65m to support low-income households in rent arrears due to the pandemic.

Former homeless couple en route to buy house for £1

18/10/2021

A young homeless couple has been handed the opportunity to buy a house for £1 under a pioneering scheme to help people onto the housing ladder.

Haringey first London council to tackle homelessness with modular homes

14/10/2021

The London borough of Haringey has become the first council in the capital to provide specially designed modular homes to tackle homelessness.

Lessons from Kerslake can help councils avoid surge in homelessness

13/10/2021

John Glenton calls on the Government to reinstate the £1.6bn ring-fenced budget for housing-related support

Pilots aim to 'end cycle' between homelessness and hospital admissions

07/10/2021

Homeless people will receive extra support after being discharged from hospital as part of a pilot project across England.

Draft guidelines to help reduce health inequalities for homeless people

06/10/2021

Mobile outreach services and drop-in centres could help reduce barriers homeless people experience accessing health and care services, according to new guidelines.

Campaigners call for more support for renters hit by no-fault evictions

27/09/2021

More than 44,000 households in England have faced being made homeless due to a no-fault eviction in the past two years, campaigners have revealed.

Kerslake: Government must act now on rough sleeping

23/09/2021

Strides made to end homelessness during the pandemic could be lost if the Government does not act now, a major new report on rough sleeping has concluded.

Village hall to be used to house homeless

10/09/2021

A village hall will be converted into homes for the homeless in a scheme that is thought to be a first in the UK.

Council chiefs share ‘Everyone In’ lessons

09/09/2021

Funding commitments and improvements to social housing are two areas that council leaders think need more attention if rough sleeping is to be eliminated.

New housing model could help three-quarters of homeless people into jobs, report shows

09/09/2021

A new housing model could help three-quarters of homeless people in England find jobs and permanent homes, according to the results of a pilot project.

A quarter of rough sleepers no longer being housed under Everyone In scheme

27/08/2021

One in four people placed in emergency accommodation under the government’s Everyone In scheme are no longer being housed, campaigners have warned today.

Charities call for impact assessment of welfare cuts

17/08/2021

Charities have called on Government to publish an assessment of the impact on renters of decisions to freeze Local Housing Allowance and cut Universal Credit.

Mayor of London pledges to resist rough sleeping Immigration Rules

09/08/2021

Over 80 organisations have pledged to stand against rough sleeping Immigration Rules which make rough sleeping grounds for refusing a person’s leave to remain.

Thousands of children stuck in temporary accommodation this summer, councils warn

02/08/2021

Nearly 120,000 children in England will be spending the summer holidays living in temporary accommodation, official figures reveal.

Metro mayors call for extension of housing pilot scheme

28/07/2021

The metro mayors for Greater Manchester, Liverpool City Region and West Midlands have joined forces to call for an extension of the Housing First pilot scheme.

New safe housing pilot for vulnerable rough sleepers

27/07/2021

Vulnerable rough sleepers will be given access to safe housing under a new pilot in 12 areas in England.

Why ditching the checklist has helped us tackle homelessness in Plymouth

27/07/2021

Gary Wallace explains how Plymouth City Council has adopted a new way of managing public services: Human Learning Systems.

Keep up COVID funding to end homelessness, says Kerslake

27/07/2021

Ending homelessness is possible, but the Government needs to keep up funding or face a post-pandemic surge, an independent commission concluded.

MPs urge Government to scale up homelessness pilots

21/07/2021

The Government has been urged to continue funding three homelessness programmes that have a combined success rate of 88% by MPs.

15 local areas to deliver Changing Futures programme

19/07/2021

The most vulnerable people across England will receive co-ordinated support to help rebuild their lives, the Government has announced.

Social housing shortage blamed for rising bed and breakfast use

02/07/2021

Rising numbers of people who are homeless are being placed in bed and breakfasts due to a severe shortage of social housing, council leaders have warned.

Tech-based approach to tackling homelessness could save billions

30/06/2021

Seb Barker explains how local government can use crowdfunding to tackle a wide range of social problems.

Councils welcome fall in rough sleeping numbers

11/06/2021

Council leaders have welcomed the drop in the number of rough sleepers, arguing it shows what can be achieved when central and local government work together.

MHCLG uses social impact investment to fund homes for rough sleepers

11/06/2021

A three-year social investment pilot will help fund over 200 homes for rough sleepers across England.

London’s first detox unit for homeless people announced

09/06/2021

London’s first dedicated detox unit for people who are homeless is set to open on 14 June to help those suffering from addiction off the streets.

Call for powers to use empty properties for homeless families

07/06/2021

The Local Government Association (LGA) wants more powers to make use of empty properties to provide accommodation for homeless people.

Nearly two million tenants fear losing their home

01/06/2021

More than one in five private renters are worried they will lose their home now that the ban on evictions has been lifted, a homelessness charity has warned.

Councils set out six-point plan to prevent families at ‘cliff-edge’ of homelessness

01/06/2021

Council leaders have published a six-point plan to help protect vulnerable households from homelessness now that the ban on bailiff evictions has ended.

London's 'triple whammy' risks homelessness crisis

20/05/2021

London Councils has warned there is a ‘triple whammy’ of impending risks that threaten to push homelessness to record levels this summer.  

Council chiefs welcome £200m to help rough sleepers

17/05/2021

Local authority leaders have welcomed an announcement that they will receive over £200m to help rough sleepers but called for focus on homelessness prevention.

Council apologises after mother and son left to live in tent during pandemic

23/04/2021

A mother and her teenager were forced to sleep in a tent for almost two months after Medway Council failed to house them during the pandemic, an investigation has found.

Charity warns over 60,000 families 'tipped into homelessness last winter'

23/04/2021

The number of homeless households living in temporary accommodation has increased by 8% in a year, new figures have revealed.

Homeless charity warns calls from young people up a third in past year

21/04/2021

Vulnerable young people have struggled to access the support they need in the past year, a charity has warned in a new report.

MPs call for ‘coherent exit plan’ to protect private renters

31/03/2021

The Government should establish a system of financial support for renters who have amassed significant rent arrears during the COVID-19 pandemic, MPs say.

Launch of new independent rough sleeping commission

24/03/2021

A new independent commission to learn the lessons from how rough sleepers were supported during the pandemic has been launched.

Changing Futures programme extended for three years

19/03/2021

A programme to help people facing multiple issues has been extended with an extra £18m new investment.

Jenrick announces £212m pot to tackle rough sleeping

18/03/2021

Councils have been invited to bid for a share of a multi-million-pound fund aimed at providing people sleeping rough with secure, long-term accommodation.

COVID initiative exposes true extent of rough sleeping crisis

17/03/2021

MPs criticise Government’s homelessness strategy after report reveals COVID initiative has housed nine times official estimate of people sleeping rough.

Six million people fear homelessness due to COVID-19

16/03/2021

One in seven adults in England – or more than six million people – are more worried about becoming homeless due to the pandemic, new research reveals.

Homeless people and rough sleepers to be prioritised for COVID-19 vaccine

12/03/2021

Local teams have been given permission to offer the COVID-19 vaccine to homeless people or those sleeping rough.

Government extends eviction ban in England

11/03/2021

The extension on the current ban on evictions by bailiffs has been welcomed by a homelessness charity.

Councils fear homelessness ‘tidal wave’

01/03/2021

Local authorities are braced for a surge in the number of homeless people as protections put in place for the COVID-19 pandemic are allowed to lapse.

Rough sleeping stats: 'We're still a long way from zero'

25/02/2021

The number of people sleeping rough in England was up by more than half on 2010 despite the Everyone In scheme, the latest annual snapshot has shown.

Homeless deaths rose by more than a third in past year, warn campaigners

22/02/2021

The number of homeless people who died last year increased by 37% despite the success of the Everyone In scheme, new research has revealed.

Welfare state and social services had ‘serious weaknesses’ before COVID, study says

22/02/2021

A new study has revealed the extent to which the impact of COVID-19 has been exacerbated by pre-existing fault-lines in the welfare state and social services.

Ban on bailiff evictions in England extended by six weeks

15/02/2021

A ban on bailiff evictions has been extended until the end of March to protect renters during the current lockdown restrictions.

Homelessness figures highlight 'gross shortage' of social homes, warns charity

28/01/2021

Councils were only able to help a fifth of households at risk of homelessness to stay in their existing home, a charity has warned today.

Councils across the UK join pioneering network to tackle homelessness

21/01/2021

Fifteen local authorities have now joined a new network to help tackle homelessness.

COVID-19 reveals scale of rough sleeping ‘far exceeds’ previous estimates

14/01/2021

The scale of the rough sleeping population in England ‘far exceeds’ the Government’s previous estimates and has been made clear during the pandemic.

Nearly 130,000 children in temporary accommodation during lockdown

13/01/2021

Around 450 primary schools’ worth of homeless children are spending lockdown in temporary accommodation amid a chronic shortage of affordable housing, council chiefs have warned.

Councils asked to 'redouble efforts' on rough sleeping

08/01/2021

English councils have been asked to ‘redouble their efforts’ to help accommodate people sleeping rough, with the Government finding an additional £10m funding.

Government urged to bring back Everyone In programme

07/01/2021

The Government has been urged to ensure all rough sleepers are housed during the third national lockdown.

Council housing waiting lists could double due to COVID-19

22/12/2020

Local authority housing waiting lists could nearly double as a result of COVID-19, council chiefs have warned.

Jenrick announces £310m to tackle homelessness

21/12/2020

Council leaders welcome Government’s funding pledge to tackle homelessness but warn long-term investment is needed rather than ‘one-off emergency response’.

Charity warns a quarter of a million people trapped in temporary accommodation

17/12/2020

Over a quarter of a million people in England have been living in temporary accommodation throughout the pandemic, a homelessness charity has warned today.

Deaths of homeless people in England and Wales hits record high

15/12/2020

The number of homeless people dying in England and Wales has reached the highest level since records began in 2013, according to official figures.

Nearly 90,000 children set to spend Christmas in temporary housing, warns London Councils

14/12/2020

Nearly 90,000 children in the capital will spend Christmas in temporary accommodation organised by their local council, new figures have warned today.

Rough sleepers to get extra support for drug and alcohol dependency

14/12/2020

Extra funding will be given to 43 areas across England to help rough sleepers recover from drug and alcohol misuse.

London council rejects ‘cruel’ new immigration rules

10/12/2020

Lewisham Council has hit out at ‘draconian’ new immigration rules that make sleeping rough a legal ground to cancel or refuse permission to stay in the UK.

One person every minute calls Shelter's emergency helpline

01/12/2020

A new person has called Shelter’s emergency helpline every minute in the past two months, the homelessness charity has revealed.

Councils have 'serious concerns' over protecting rough sleepers this winter

24/11/2020

Some councils will face the 'difficult choice' of leaving people to sleep rough or placing them in unsafe accommodation this winter, a new report has warned.

Councils worried about long-term impact of pandemic on homelessness

20/11/2020

Councils have recognised the positive effects of Government policy on homelessness during the pandemic, but are concerned these are only ‘temporary’ measures.

Over half of teachers have worked with homeless children, study reveals

18/11/2020

More than half of state teachers (56%) have worked with homeless children in the past three years, a new study has revealed.

Councils asked to review rough sleeping plans

05/11/2020

Councils have been asked to review their plans and ensure every rough sleeper is offered somewhere safe to go to help protect them from COVID-19.

Crisis call for return of Everyone In

04/11/2020

The chief executive of homelessness charity Crisis has called for ring-fenced funding for councils to provide COVID-safe accommodation for anyone at risk of rough sleeping.

Funding allocated for thousands of new homes for rough sleepers

29/10/2020

More than 3,300 new long-term homes for rough sleepers will be delivered by the end of March 2021, the Government has pledged.

Rural homelessness doubles in past two years, campaigners warn

28/10/2020

Homelessness in rural areas has more than doubled since 2018, new research from campaigners has warned.

New guidance to prevent care leavers becoming homeless

26/10/2020

Councils have been urged to identity care leavers that are at risk of becoming homeless, in new guidance published today.

Charity blasts cost of 'shoddy and expensive' temporary accommodation

23/10/2020

Councils in England spent £1.2bn on providing temporary accommodation for homeless households in 2019/20, figures have revealed.

Calls to invest £900m in ‘transitional supported housing’

15/10/2020

The Government has been urged to invest £900m to ensure the UK’s most ‘invisible’ vulnerable people have access to supported housing by a think tank.

Councils secure £10m to help homeless people this winter

13/10/2020

Councils will receive a new £10m Cold Weather Fund to help rough sleepers stay safe this winter.

Warning that homeless people will die this winter without action

08/10/2020

The Government has been urged to provide self contained accommodation for homeless people this winter to protect them from coronavirus by charities and health bodies.

Black people three times more likely to experience homelessness, figures reveal

02/10/2020

Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups are being disproportionately impacted by homelessness, new figures have revealed.

Councils call for investment to tackle key drivers of homelessness

28/09/2020

Councils have stopped nearly a quarter of a million households from becoming homeless since the introduction of the Homelessness Reduction Act (HRA) in 2018, a review has found.

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