Latest Evaluation Of Housing First Show Positive Results

“You can’t do Housing First to people.” This mantra, asserted by one of the providers of the three Housing First regional pilots in England, echoes throughout the latest evaluation report of the schemes, showing the importance of choice and co-production in effective Housing First services. Alex Smith, writing for Homeless Link, says that people with lived experience are […]

Buy A Candle To Help The Homeless – For Only £2,021!

Love money and hate the rising rate of homelessness in the UK? This candle gives you the chance to smell one and combat the other in one fell swoop, reports the Metro. The ‘Smells Like Capitalism’ candle by Flaming Crap gives off an aroma of a leather wallet with notes of British pounds kept specifically […]

Is This The End For Communal Night Shelters?

Many councils, charities and faith groups are starting to think about their local emergency winter provision and for some the prospect of communal sleeping spaces will once again be under consideration, writes Julie Cook for Homeless Link. There are a number of factors which could influence decisions, including the further relaxation of covid restrictions, vaccination […]

Homelessness Is On The Rise Again

Homelessness in the UK is rising after a sharp drop during the first wave of the pandemic but is still lower than pre-lockdown levels, Government figures show. According to a report in the Evening Standard, the amount of households assessed to be homeless or at risk of homelessness between January and March this year was […]

Missing Yorkshire Man Found Sleeping Rough – 2,000 Miles From Home!

A missing man from Huddersfield has reportedly been found dazed and confused in Lapland – 2,175miles (3,5000km) away – in northern Sweden with the help of social media. Nial Atkin’s family have been trying to track him down since he disappeared in May last year but now a Swedish man thinks he has found him […]

Homeless Link Launch Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Strategy

The murder of George Floyd in May 2020 prompted a mass, global outpouring of anger that people from Black and other minority backgrounds were still experiencing racism on a regular basis. It also prompted organisations that claimed to be ‘anti-racist’ and pro-equalities to take a long, hard look at themselves and wonder if they were doing enough. […]

New Government Legislation Threatens Rough Sleepers

Leading homelessness charities have made an unprecedented joint plea to UK ministers to reconsider the police and crime bill, warning it could in effect criminalise large numbers of people simply for being homeless, reports The Guardian. In a letter to Robert Jenrick, the housing and communities secretary, seen by the Guardian, 13 charities and housing […]

New Government Drugs Initiative Could Help Homeless Drug Users

A new drugs unit will be set up to help end illegal drug-related illness and deaths, the government has announced. The Joint Combating Drugs Unit will bring together multiple government departments – including the Department of Health and Social Care, Home Office, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, Department for Work and Pensions, Department […]

Helping The Homeless Cope With The Heat

There’s lots of information about how members of the public can take positive action when they see someone sleeping rough in cold weather. But periods of hot weather can also be harmful for people sleeping rough. Director of StreetLink Fiona Colley discusses what people can do if they are concerned about someone sleeping rough during the summer […]

Merseyside Households Facing Eviction

Thousands of Merseyside families were made homeless or threatened with eviction since the start of the pandemic, reports the Liverpool Echo. The latest available figures show that between April and December last year a total of 2,201 households asked their council for help after being made homeless, or as they were on the brink of […]