Homelessness Reduction Bill to become law

BBC 23rd March 2016: A new law which will require earlier intervention by councils to prevent homelessness has passed its final parliamentary hurdle. The Homelessness Reduction Bill also requires councils to provide advice and help to all affected, not just those protected under existing laws. The private member’s bill, introduced by Conservative MP Bob Blackman, received government backing. The government will be providing £61m to councils to meet the costs incurred. Mr. Blackman, who claimed on Twitter it was the most expensive private member’s bill ever passed, said: “I am immensely proud of everything that has been accomplished in this bill. Read more here.

Help Bristol’s Homeless

Help Bristol’s Homeless is a social enterprise set up to provide temporary accommodation across the city of Bristol. The enterprise intends to convert shipping containers to provide safe, self-contained temporary shelter for Bristol’s homeless. As well as providing accommodation the initiative will also offer support and try to offer guests a way out and off the streets for good. Anthony Tombling Jnr (Director)

Charities referring rough sleepers to immigration enforcement teams

The Guardian 7th March 2017: Leading homelessness charities whose remit is to protect vulnerable rough sleepers have been passing information about some of them to the Home Office, leading to their removal from the UK. A report from Corporate Watch, The Round Up, reveals concerns about homelessness charities’ links to immigration enforcement and comes at a time of increasing disquiet about the involvement of landlords, schools and the NHS with immigration enforcement. Read more here

Edengate

Edengate is a charity supporting the homeless and vulnerable of Newport. Their slogan is “Inviting people in, helping people out.” Edengate night shelter provides emergency accommodation, a hot meal, a warm bed and breakfast for Newport’s most vulnerable citizens. The project operates through a partnership with 16 local churches providing the emergency accommodation. The project is supported by an amazing army of fully trained volunteers. Another Edengate project is Breaking Free. Breaking Free helps those who are stuck in the cycle of addiction and walks them through step by step as they look at detox and rehabilitation programs, re-entry programs and later housing, mentoring and back to work schemes, to move on so they can play their part in society. Anthony Tombling Jnr (Director)

Shelter’s opinion of the government’s long awaited housing White Paper

A step, rather than a leap, in the right direction. In order to judge the White Paper properly, it’s important to understand the reasons behind the under-supply of new homes. The fundamental reason is simple: private housebuilding is overly dependent on a handful of big developers whose very business model is reliant on house prices remaining high. Why? It’s not because they are corrupt or evil. It’s because they are forced to compete with other developers to pay crazy sums for land to build on. Read more here

London Mayor sets out plans for £50 million fund to help homeless people

Our London based friends will be interested in this link, which can be found on the Mayor’s website dated 20th December 2016. The information sets out plans for a £50m fund to help homeless people, including former rough sleepers and victims of domestic abuse, by delivering properties specifically earmarked for people needing to move on from hostels and refuges. The funding is available to housing providers as part of the Mayor’s £3.15bn Affordable Homes Programme, which was agreed with the Government in November’s Autumn Statement. Whilst more localised groups may not be able to tap into the fund they may want to speak to their London Assembly representative about how the funding in being utilised in their area and possibly explore how they could like into the services being provided. This is the link to the article and this is the link to more information about the £50m.

Help the Homeless Grant Funding

Help The Homeless main funding remit is the regular allocation of grants (generally up to £5,000) for capital costs to small and medium-sized registered charities only (those with a turnover of under £1m per annum). Each application is considered on its merits by the Board of Trustees. All applications must relate to projects that assist individuals in their return to mainstream society, rather than simply offer shelter or other forms of sustenance. Examples of recent grants made can be seen here. Please note we are unable to consider requests for computers and IT equipment.

Deadlines

The quarterly deadlines for grant applications each year are: 15th March / 15th June / 15th September / 15th December. More details here