Entries by Jamie Leeming

250,000 People At Risk Of Homelessness

A quarter of a million people will be at increased risk of eviction if the Government doesn’t act immediately, the Labour party has warned. Emergency legislation is needed before Thursday July 16 in order to stop a wave of evictions that could leave thousands homeless, the party has warned as protections for renters during the […]

Planning For The Homeless Post-Lockdown

With nowhere safe to stay and the facilities and services they depended upon closed down or more limited, people who are homeless or sleeping rough have experienced the pandemic in a very particular way, which has brought additional anxiety and disruption to their lives, writes Matt Harrison for Homeless Link. StreetLink saw alerts increase from […]

Councils ‘Illegally Relocating’ Homeless People

Councils across England are systematically breaking the law by relocating hundreds of homeless people outside of their boroughs without notifying the authorities receiving them. An investigation by ITV found that schools are being overwhelmed, with northern cities such as Bradford having received at least 290 households from 31 different boroughs in the past two years, […]

Plans To Move Liverpool’s Rough Sleepers Into Permanent Homes

Hundreds of homeless people are set to be moved out of temporary hostels and into homes in plans that have been praised by charities as providing a path towards ending homelessness, reports the Liverpool Echo. Liverpool, like other local authorities, has been providing emergency accommodation for the homeless in hostels and hotels in the city […]

More Money To Prevent Rough Sleepers Returning To The Streets

On 24 June, the Government announced an additional £85 million to prevent thousands of people currently in emergency accommodation from having to return to rough sleeping during the Coronavirus pandemic. The money will be used to support rough sleepers and those at risk of homelessness into tenancies of their own, including through help with deposits […]

New Funding For Rough Sleepers Only A ‘Sticking Plaster’

Councils and charities have expressed concern that new government funding to support rough sleepers moving out of hotels will exclude thousands of homeless people because of their immigration status. The government announced £85m in new funding on Wednesday to provide interim support for about 15,000 vulnerable people who have been accommodated in hotels and other […]

Extra Funding To Help Homeless Charities During The Pandemic

The COVID-19 Homelessness Response Fund is providing £6 million of emergency funding from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) to 133 frontline homelessness charities whose finances have been directly affected by the Coronavirus. Homeless Link is distributing the funding, with the decisions of an independent grants panel announced on 7 June 2020. […]

What Will Happen To The Temporarily Housed Homeless?

Thousands of homeless people put up in places like hotels and B&Bs due to coronavirus are still in emergency accommodation. Charities say there are just weeks to stop them returning to the streets as premises prepare to reopen, reports BBC news. Their research found three quarters of homeless people in 17 areas are still in […]

Prison Leavers At Risk Of Homelessness

More than 1,000 prisoners were released into homelessness at the height of the coronavirus pandemic in England and Wales, figures show, prompting the government to increase funding for accommodation for prison leavers. Figures released to the Labour MP Lyn Brown show 840 men, 89 women and 85 young adults aged 18 to 24 were released […]

Government Plans For The Homeless Of Liverpool ‘Not Enough’

The coronavirus crisis has seen extraordinary change in our city. The city centre was left deserted, acts of kindness from the community grew and millions stayed indoors to curb the spread of the virus. One of the most remarkable and hopeful changes was dozens of rough sleepers being offered accommodation as part of the Government’s […]