Section: Homelessness & Rough Sleeping

Clarion Housing Group announces new partnership with St Mungo's

Posted 21.07.20
Clarion Housing Group: Further reading

Clarion Housing Group, has announced a new three-year partnership with homelessness charity, St Mungo's.

The partnership aims to not only raise funds for St Mungo's, but also leverage shared expertise and resources to tackle the causes of homelessness and support people in their recovery.

One of the areas of focus over the next three years will be sharing knowledge on rough sleeping and looking for new ways to collaborate in Clarion communities.

Working together, Clarion and St Mungo's staff will be helping to support vulnerable people off the streets, into homes and connecting them to specialist support services.

The partnership has been kick-started by a £20,000 corporate donation from Clarion to enable St Mungo's to purchase digital devices for service users, ensuring people can continue to access vital services and stay connected during the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

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Cambridge Council launches Next Steps programme to provide further housing solutions for homeless people

Posted 20.07.20
Cambridge City Council: Further reading

Cambridge City Council is launching Cambridge Next Steps, a programme to further tackle homelessness in Cambridge - by providing a series of brand new modular homes and appealing for support from land and property owners.

These homes, designed by local housebuilder Hill, will be offered to people with a history of homelessness as a stepping-stone to re-establishing a stable lifestyle.

Hill have pledged to create 200 such homes as part of its Foundation 200 programme.

The Council has identified the first three sites for modular homes in the Next Steps programme from its own land, and will be working with experienced homelessness charities to ensure that the new tenants in each home will be provided with all the support they need to integrate fully into the local community.

As part of the Next Steps programme, the Council is also appealing to landlords with empty accommodation and landowners with land which could be suitable for modular homes to play a part in alleviating the ongoing housing crisis in Cambridge.

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COVID-19 Homelessness Response Fund launches second round of funding

Posted 14.07.20
Homeless Link: Further reading

Homelessness organisations affected directly by COVID-19 can now apply for funding of £5.5million in a second round of grants distributed by Homeless Link.

Of this funding pot, £4.82 million is provided by The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK, for homelessness charities in England.

A further £680,000 is from Comic Relief, which raises money to support people living incredibly tough lives, and will primarily be allocated to charities based in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The funding aims to provide emergency financial assistance to local homelessness organisations, preventing closure, service cuts or staff redundancies threatened by increased operational costs and a loss of fundraised income due to the Coronavirus.

It will also support organisations that have needed to expand or adapt their services in light of COVID-19 to support people experiencing homelessness safely and effectively.

The above link gives access to guidance on making an application for funding.

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Blog Watch

Updated 17.07.20

Centrepoint: Locked out: youth homelessness during and beyond the Covid-19 pandemic
Policy and research officer Billy Harding talks about Centrepoint's new research on the impacts of Coronavirus on youth homelessness in England.

Homeless Link: How we talk about homelessness matters - explore how framing can help us tell a new story
Catherine Ashford, Strategic Communications Project Manager at Crisis, updates on the Framing Homelessness Project, which represents the next phase of a major initiative to bring about a fundamental shift in the way homelessness is talked about across the UK.

Centrepoint: What we can learn from Finland's successful approach to homelessness
Finland's government have managed to significantly reduce the number of homeless people in the country: Pascale Day considers - Could their system work in a post-Covid UK?

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Quick Links

Updated 21.07.20

KeyFacts - Building & Regeneration:: Premier Modular awarded £7.5m modular housing contract for new apartments for homeless people

Mayor of London: Mayor secures £67 million for long-term homes for rough sleepers

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