John Bibby
John Bibby

By John Bibby

Why private renters in England worry about losing their home

In England, a shocking three in ten private renters worried about losing their home in the last year. Shelter’s John Bibby finds out why.

So, why would three in ten private renters in England have worried about losing their home? High or increasing rent costs? Perhaps, but our research shows even private renters who aren’t struggling to pay their rent are worrying about losing their home.

In fact, the leading reasons tenants give don’t relate to being able to pay … MORE...

Alison Mohammed
Alison Mohammed

By Alison Mohammed

London Homelessness Awards

The London Homelessness Awards are the country’s leading homelessness awards. Sponsored by the London Housing Foundation, Crisis, Shelter and the London Housing Directors, prize money is awarded to the organisations that demonstrate innovative and creative solutions for tackling homelessness in London.

Last year’s winner was the House of St Barnabas Employment Academy project, who work to break the cycle of homelessness by providing training, work experience and employment opportunities to help people to rebuild their lives. This all happens in … MORE...

Deborah Garvie
Deborah Garvie

By Deborah Garvie

Want to reduce homelessness? We need longer tenancies

With the passing of Bob Blackman’s Homelessness Reduction Bill, there is a renewed emphasis on preventing homelessness. Today’s statistics show that the growth in homelessness is being caused by short-term private tenancies.  If the Government is serious about reducing homelessness, we need stable tenancies which people at risk of homelessness can afford.

Today, the first new major new homelessness legislation for 15 years, the Government-backed Homelessness Reduction Bill, passed another parliament milestone. It heralds a welcome renewed emphasis on prevention … MORE...

Heather Spurr
Heather Spurr

By Heather Spurr

Temporary accommodation: Here’s what we should do to prevent homelessness

Marcus Jones, the homelessness minister, has confirmed a change in council funding to encourage local authorities to spend money on stopping homelessness instead of on costly temporary accommodation. But local authorities will be left with few tools to prevent people becoming homeless without an end to the Local Housing Allowance freeze.

In keeping with its focus on prevention, the government wants councils to spend money currently spent on expensive temporary accommodation on stopping people becoming homeless in the first place. … MORE...

Ursula Ralph
Ursula Ralph

By Ursula Ralph

Putting Housing First to reduce homelessness

Housing First is an innovative approach to housing some of the most complex and vulnerable people in society, placing them directly into their own tenancy and then providing them with wrap round intensive support. It’s an idea the government has said it’s keen to explore and would replace the traditional stepped approach where a person has to prove they are “tenancy ready” before being housed. This approach has a 80-90% success rate in tenancy sustainment, and Shelter’s Inspiring Change Manchester … MORE...