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Manchester Homelessness Strategy

A strategy with a vision to end homelessness in Manchester One year ago, members of the Manchester Homelessness Partnership developed Manchester’s first co-produced strategy to end all forms of homelessness. It has three main aims: To make homelessness rare: Increasing prevention and early intervention To make homelessness as brief as possible: Improving temporary accommodation and […]

Exeter YMCA to launch wellbeing project

YMCA Exeter is celebrating after being awarded almost £10,000 in National Lottery funding to support their work with homeless young people. Based in St David’s Hill in Exeter, the cash will be used to run a series of therapeutic activities to improve wellbeing and physical health for young people. Founded by local philanthropist John Dinham […]

St Mungo’s – 10 years of helping people sleeping rough.

Our outreach teams go out early in the morning and late at night, following up referrals from members of the public via StreetLink and from other local organisations who’ve told us they’re concerned about someone sleeping rough. Some of those people might be newly rough sleeping and we talk to them, see what options there […]

Homelessness and rough sleeping. What Reading is doing.

At Reading’s Housing, Neighbourhoods and Leisure Committee on 3rd July, Reading’s Homelessness Partnerships Team provided a ‘whistle-stop’ summary to Council Members of all their current and future projects to keep them up to date with the services and provisions in Reading that support people who are sleeping rough and people at risk of homelessness. The […]

Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole set up a CIO

  A word from Alistair Doxat-Purser from Faithworks Wessex on the latest developments in the Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole network… BCP (Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole) Homelessness Action Collaborative; over 20 agencies, faith groups and charities are proud of creating this new charity that opens up new opportunities to bring help to people on the street locally. […]

Number of people sleeping rough in Reading falls

The number of people sleeping rough in Reading has fallen in a year but still remains a huge issue, council bosses and charities say. An annual count of rough sleepers by Reading Borough Council found 25 people sleeping on the streets in November 2018. This is a fall from the 31 recorded in the same month in 2017. […]

Willow House – Salvation Army Lifehouse

The Life House in Reading can accommodate up to 38 men and women experiencing homelessness. In addition to providing safe accommodation, the Lifehouse also offers a variety of activities and provides essential life skills. Gardening is just one of the activities available. As well as providing shelter for rough sleepers, the workers at the hostel […]

Tenant Fees Act 2019. Now in force

Since Saturday 1st June, fundamental changes have been made concerning the fees that can lawfully be charged to people seeking privately rented accommodation in England. In summary the new rules: Outlaw many types of up-front tenant fees. Prevent a landlord taking a security deposit which exceeds five weeks’ rent. Prevent a landlord requiring a tenant […]

Public Space Protection Order – Listening To Different Voices

PSPO – Listening To Different Voices Public Space Protection Order Consultation Open Space Discussion – Manchester Homelessness Partnership Vox Pop Action Group 02/04/19 This month the MHP VOX POP Action Group (for people with personal experience of homelessness) focused on the recent PSPO consultation. This is what we heard… “Proposals have been drawn up following […]

Trying to understand homelessness

A Personal View (and a few stats) This is more than just a complicated issue. It is actually ruining people´s lives and in many cases, it is ending them. This crisis has been given a name, ´homelessness´ and the people affected have been given a label ´the homeless´. As well as dehumanising and stigmatising people […]