Section: Homelessness & Rough Sleeping

An extra £236 million confirmed to help get rough sleepers off the street

Posted 27.02.20
GOV.UK: Further reading

The Prime Minister has announced an extra££236 million to help get people off the streets and appointed an independent adviser to lead an urgent review into the causes of rough sleeping.

The new funding will go towards offering Housing First style 'move on' accommodation for up to 6,000 rough sleepers and those at immediate risk of rough sleeping.

Dame Louise Casey has been appointed to undertake a review into rough sleeping that will provide the Government with advice on additional action required to end rough sleeping within this Parliament. Dame Louise has decades of experience - both in the rough sleeping sector and within Government.

Adam Holloway MP will be appointed as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Robert Jenrick, with specific responsibility for rough sleeping.

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Redbridge becomes first council in London to invest in landmark homeless hostel

Posted 26.02.20
Redbridge Council: Further reading

Redbridge Council has become the first local authority in London to invest in building a homeless hostel for people with no recourse to public funds.

The brand-new £5 million centre in Ilford is made up of 42 self-contained flats, finished and decorated to provide safe and comfortable homes.

Jointly venture funded by Redbridge Council and the Salvation Army, Malachi Place is the first purpose-built facility of its kind, to specifically support rough sleepers who have No Recourse to Public Funds. This means they cannot access benefits, homelessness assistance or social housing.

It will provide year-round accommodation and support for people who have been sleeping rough. The Salvation Army will provide specialist 24-hour on-site support for residents to help them deal with the various issues that led them to sleeping rough.

The development has been named Malachi Place in recognition of Malachi Justin, a ten-year-old boy who became concerned about people sleeping rough in Ilford. When his first baby tooth fell out at the age of five-years-old, he gave his £5 tooth fairy money to the local Salvation Army, along with a note asking them to spend it on helping homeless people.

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Researcher calls for national approach to end rough sleeping in bins

Posted 25.02.20
The Open University: Further reading

Growing numbers of rough sleepers in the UK have given rise to people taking shelter in bins, which Open University (OU) research finds is putting their lives in danger.

An OU environmental researcher is urging waste producers, homelessness services and waste operators to help put a stop to this life-threatening practice.

The findings demonstrate that there is a long way to go and a lot more to do to prevent people using bins as a place of refuge.

Key recommendations include:

The report also also highlights a role for members of the public in helping to tackle this issue by reporting incidents of rough sleeping in bins to a local homeless charity.

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New research - Women, Homelessness and Health

Posted 14.02.20
Groundswell: Further reading

New research, conducted by Groundswell, has found that 74% of women who are homeless have a physical health issue and 64% were experiencing mental health issues.

The research, funded by the Greater London Authority, aimed to understand the health conditions women who are homeless were facing and how homelessness affected their health.

It was carried out by volunteers, all who themselves have experienced homelessness, enabling them to build trust and relate to the women they were talking to.

A podcast was recorded by the researchers, giving insight into these issues the research explores directly from the voices of the women themselves.

The above link provides access to the full research report.

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Wales rough sleeper count for November 2019 shows an increase

Posted 04.02.20
Welsh Government: Further reading

Local authorities estimated that 405 persons were sleeping rough across Wales over 2 weeks between 14th and 27th October 2019.

This is an increase of 17% (58 persons) compared with the exercise in October 2018, with trends varying across authorities.

Local authorities reported 176 individuals observed sleeping rough across Wales between 10pm on the 7th and 5am on 8th November 2019.

This was an increase of 11% (18 persons) on the previous year, with trends varying across local authorities.

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