Stop Loan Sharks Week 2024

Have you ever heard of loan sharks or illegal money lending?  Being a victim of illegal money lending, such as borrowing from loan sharks, can put you at risk of homelessness.  When people struggle to repay the high interest rates and fees charged by loan sharks, they may find themselves trapped in a cycle of […]

Exercise your right to vote in the West Midlands.

On 2 May 2024, people across the West Midlands are being invited to vote in the polls to elect A Mayor for the West Midlands Combined Authority A Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands  Councillors within local authority areas of, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton.  (In Selly Oak and Bournbrook in […]

New One-stop youth hub opens in Coventry

St Basils Youth Hub in Birmingham came into being as a response to the growing concern over youth homelessness in the city. Recognising the need for a dedicated service that could not only provide immediate shelter but also address the root causes of homelessness among young people, local authorities and charitable organisations came together to […]

Crucial multi-agency work supporting rough sleepers in Coventry

credit: coventry.gov.uk We’re working closely with our partners to help rough sleepers. In Coventry we have a real multi-agency approach to helping people who face homelessness, whether that’s families potentially facing eviction from a property, or because of a breakdown in a relationship, or supporting rough sleepers with complex needs. We talked to some of […]

Give Help Campaign launches in the West Midlands

The Street Support Give Help Campaign launches in the West Midlands Did you know today is #GivingTuesday ? It seems a perfect day to launch our Street Support West Midlands #GiveHelp campaign.  Organisations across the region have listed what they need, be it items, time, or funding to help prevent people from becoming homeless, or […]

Tackling homelessness – it’s everybody’s business

The WMCA Homelessness Task Force have shared their thoughts about why homelessness is everybody’s business. Read to find out how you can ‘Find Help’ and ‘Give Help’ To a lesser or greater extent, the cost of living crisis is affecting most of us on a daily basis with the cost of essentials like food, rent, […]

CRASAC launches new training programme

Join the experts at Coventry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre on Tuesday 12 September 2023 for an interactive and engaging training session which raises awareness of sexual violence, its prevalence and impacts.  Book your place The full day face-to-face workshop will provide an overview of what we mean by sexual violence, some of the key […]

WMCA Rough Sleeping Initiative Regional Training Programme 2023-24

The West Midlands Combined Authority Rough Sleeping Initiative seeks to add value and complementary outcomes to the work of our Local Authority and wider partners. To build upon the good work established in recent years, we are delighted to share details about our new regional training programme. This exciting training offer is not open to […]

Street Support Launches in West Midlands

Following huge successes in other cities across the country, Street Support West Midlands has now been launched and is already rapidly becoming the key live portal for accurate up‐to‐date information for people experiencing homelessness and for support workers working to help meet people’s needs. Street Support West Midlands is continually updated by the city’s key […]

Coventry Pre-Eviction Panel Pilot

Article by John Toman Rough Sleeping Co-ordinator Coventry City Council Coventry had its first Pre-Eviction Panel meeting this month.  The panel has short weekly meetings with the aim to both reduce the number of evictions for complex single people in the city and to better understand the problems which lead to evictions or abandonments with […]