Entries by Jamie Leeming

Wealthy Jerk Doesn’t Want To See The Homeless

A wealthy American businessman has caused outrage after writing an open letter complaining about the homeless – who he refers to as “riff raff” – he encounters on his way to work. Justin Keller, founder of web business, wrote the letter to the mayor and police chief of San Francisco to voice his “concern and […]

Important Research Takes Off From Venus

A social work student from Liverpool John Moore’s University has embarked on a crucial study of the experiences and needs of migrant mothers, following a placement at Venus Women’s Centre. The student, Frances Rogers, said: “I became interested in the diverse experiences of this service user group whilst on my placement at Venus Women’s Centre. […]

Reds Fan Takes A Homeless Blues Fan To The Everton Game

An act of kindness has touched the hearts of thousands of people around the world following a recent post on Facebook. The story went viral after a Liverpool fan explained how he took a homeless Everton fan to Goodison to watch the Blues. The Reds fan, Ross Jenkins, wrote: “So this is a picture of […]

Lateral Thinking Beats The Bedroom Tax

Since the introduction of the ‘bedroom tax’ in 2013, demand for three-bedroom homes has dwindled, leaving many social housing landlords with empty properties on their hands as smaller families just can’t afford them. But one Liverpool-based housing association has used some lateral thinking to get around the problem – they simply knocked through the walls […]

New Start Win New Contract

We are pleased to announce that one of our consortium members, New Start, has helped secure a 4-year contract to deliver housing and support to a diverse range of single homeless client groups across Liverpool.  Working in partnership with a number of Liverpool-based housing support providers, New Start formed a consortium similar to SSHG. The […]

Housing Is Harm Reduction

We are proud to support a new awareness-raising campaign that is taking off on social media. The ‘Housing Is Harm Reduction’ slogan refers to the fact that safe accommodation is a prerequisite to reducing the harms, to both individuals and communities, from drug misuse. The Harm Reduction movement was born in Liverpool in 1985, when […]

How Do We Count The Homeless?

Each year local authorities up and down the country have to set their budgets to provide a range of services for the residents of their Boroughs. But there is one section of our communities that is notoriously difficult to pin down – the homeless. As many homeless people move around from area to area in […]

Rent Reduction Deferred (For Now) Says Minister

After months of lobbying and hearing evidence from across the housing sector, the Minister of State for Welfare Reform has announced a “year-long exception for all supported accommodation from the 1% rent reduction in the social rented sector”. The reduction was due to come into effect this April, leading many providers to wonder how they […]

Proposed LHA Cap Causes Concern Across The Social Housing Sector

Last November the Government outlined their plans to extend Local Housing Allowance (LHA) to social landlords. This, in effect, would mean that those living in supported housing would only be able to claim the same housing benefit as those under private landlords, leading to a massive shortfall in income for providers. At present, social housing […]

The Russian Winter Claims The Lives Of Many Homeless People

Whilst we in the UK are complaining about the topsy-turvy weather we’ve been experiencing of late – gales, floods, but extremely mild temperatures – spare a thought for the rough-sleepers of Moscow. In a couple of months the ‘snowdrops’ will become visible as the snow begins to thaw. ‘Snowdrops’ is the euphemism the Russians use […]