Section: Homelessness & Rough Sleeping

Brokenshire announces funding boost for homeless veterans

Posted 21.03.19
GOV.UK: Article link

Communities Secretary, James Brokenshire, announced that veterans who have become homeless, or at risk of it, will be supported through an extra £1 million boost.

The money will help ensure those who have served their country have a roof over their heads and have the support they need once leaving the Armed Forces.

The fund will be shared among the ten combined authorities and the Greater London Authority, who will be able to use the funding to provide veterans with the bespoke support they need in civilian life.

Money could also be used to direct former soldiers to existing specialist support services on offer, such as access to supported housing and training for staff on mental health issues - including post-traumatic stress disorder.


A third of homeless deaths are from treatable conditions

Posted 13.03.19
UCL: Article link

A third of deaths among homeless people are caused by treatable conditions such as tuberculosis and gastric ulcers, which can improve with the right care, a UCL study has found.

The research analysed nearly 4,000 in-depth medical records for 600 people who died in English hospitals between 2013 and 2016 and who were homeless when they were admitted.

They compared the deaths to those of a similar group of people in terms of age and sex who were in the lowest socio-economic category but who had a home.

Contrary to popular perception that homeless people are most likely to die from hypothermia or alcohol and drug overdoses, most of the deaths were from illnesses.

Those in the homeless group were twice as likely to die of strokes as the poorest people - who had proper accommodation and they were also more substantially affected by cardiovascular disease as a whole.

A fifth of the 600 deaths were caused by cancer and another fifth died from digestive diseases such as intestinal obstruction or pancreatitis.


£19.5 million to help those facing homelessness to secure a PRS home

Posted 04.03.19
GOV.UK: Article link

Housing Minister Heather Wheeler has confirmed over £19.5 million is to be shared among 54 projects across England to help thousands of people who are homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless, to secure their own home.

Councils will use the funding boost to help vulnerable people secure their own tenancy through support - such as, paying deposits or putting down the first months' rent.

This funding forms part of the £100 million Rough Sleeping Strategy which set out detailed plans to end rough sleeping for good.


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