Government figures out today show there were 77,240 households in temporary accommodation on 31 March this year, an increase of 8% compared to the same time last year. The total number of households in temporary accommodation has now risen by 51% since 2010.
Michael Tuohy, the longest-serving volunteer at Crisis, the national charity for homeless people, has received the BEM, the Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2017 revealed.
Today, Kate Farrell, Director of Crisis Skylight Merseyside, has been announced as an independent homelessness advisor to Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Steve Rotherham.
Following the tragic events at Grenfell Tower on Wednesday morning, we have received a number of enquiries from members of the public about what is being done to help those affected.
Yesterday a complaint was filed with the EU Commission against the UK Government’s policy of detaining rough sleepers from the European Economic Area and sending them back to their country of origin. The complaint comes from FEANTSA – a respected umbrella body representing homelessness organisations across Europe - who claim the policy abuses EU free movement rights and criminalises vulnerable people.
Crisis is inviting tenders to undertake an evaluation of Tackling Multiple Disadvantage project. The successful bidder will be expected to begin work on the evaluation as soon as possible, and no later than 31 July 2017. The closing date for proposals is 12 June 2017.
Scotland’s Housing Minister will today pledge his support to Crisis, as it starts to build a plan to end homelessness in Scotland for good. Kevin Stewart MSP’s support comes after the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, also pledged to work with Crisis to achieve its aims of ending homelessness.
National homelessness charity Crisis has been announced as the facilitator of the new Greater Manchester Mayor’s Homelessness Fund.
Today Bob Blackman’s Homelessness Reduction Bill becomes an Act of Parliament after it was granted Royal Assent. The Act will give councils a legal duty to give people meaningful support to resolve their homelessness and will introduce measures to prevent people becoming homeless in the first place.
The Prime Minister and First Ministers of Scotland and Wales pledged to work with national homelessness charity Crisis in its 50th year as it builds its plan to end homelessness for good. The pledges were broadcast at Crisis’ 2017 England conference titled Ending Homelessness: What needs to change, Thursday, April 20, at London’s Royal College of Physicians.