Building a more positive future: how Shelter works with former offenders
Building a more positive future: how Shelter works with former offenders

When Shelter was approached to deliver housing and debt advice for offenders and those leaving custody, we were especially keen to help.  

Offenders are often at risk of losing their tenancies when they enter custody, making it extremely difficult for them to resettle back into the community and build new lives for themselves upon their release. 

That’s why Shelter is working in prisons and in community locations across the North East and North West, delivering support on housing and debt to prisoners and former offenders. 

We work … Read more

Peer mentor Paddy’s success story
Peer mentor Paddy’s success story

If it wasn’t for Shelter and Colette I’d be dead. I’m so grateful.

It takes great spirit to go from living on the streets and struggling with addiction to becoming a peer mentor helping homeless people – but that’s exactly what Paddy has accomplished.

Like so many people who become homeless, Paddy was just unlucky. In the space of a year, his beloved nan died, he broke his leg, and the he lost his job. With nowhere to turn for … Read more

Taking the fight to end discrimination to Parliament
Taking the fight to end discrimination to Parliament

In the 1950s you were allowed to put up signs saying, “no blacks, no Irish, no dogs”. Nowadays, you’re allowed to put up “no DSS”. At what point did we decide as a country that this is ok? – Philippa Lalor

This year, we’ve made significant progress in our campaign to stamp out DSS discrimination against renters on benefits. And now, thanks to your help, we’re another step closer to achieving an overall victory. 

After months of campaigning, Shelter were invited to a Select Committee hearing in April to share … Read more

Writing your will: FAQs
Writing your will: FAQs

Fiona Wilson

Leaving behind something for the people or causes you care about requires an up to date will. But why is it so important?

Fiona Wilson, a Partner at Hempsons Solicitors, shares an insider’s perspective. 

The importance of having a will 

‘If you had to give away everything you own today to your loved ones, you’d want to think carefully about how best to do this. The same is true after you die.  

‘If you want to … Read more

Newsletter - April 2019
Newsletter - April 2019
Evicted for complaining about a gas leakby

Tom did his best to cooperate with his landlord’s ‘put up and shut up’ policy. But when he complained about a leaking gas oven, he found himself locked out and homeless.

Things had never been quite right with Tom’s shared house — far from it, in fact.  

His landlord blocked off access to the boiler and would leave the thermostat on such a low setting that the heating wouldn’t come on … Read more

3 breakthroughs to help renters on benefits
3 breakthroughs to help renters on benefits

Prejudice against people on housing benefit is leaving renters with nowhere to turn. But thanks to your fantastic support, we’ve taken three big steps forward. 

People who rent in the UK often face unfair discrimination if they’re on benefits, which prevents hundreds of thousands of people living in homes they could otherwise afford, pushing them closer to homelessness. There’s no excuse for this, and even the most plausible defences of ‘No DSS’ are bogus.  

That’s why, in August 2018, we began our campaign to stop DSS discrimination. Here’s what we’ve achieved … Read more

Practical ways to help people sleeping rough
Practical ways to help people sleeping rough

Pointers and practical advice if you want to help people sleeping on the streets.

The number of people sleeping rough in England has gone up 165% since 2010. It’s a huge increase.

If you’re worried about someone sleeping on the streets, here are some practical ways to help.

Tell StreetLink

Let StreetLink know by sending them an online alert. Remember to have as much information as you can about the person’s exact location and appearance. The details you provide will … Read more

How we’re fighting the national housing emergency
How we’re fighting the national housing emergency

After Grenfell, we’re calling for a historic renewal of social housing.

Last year, we brought together 16 commissioners from different backgrounds and perspectives and across the political spectrum, to set out a vision for a bigger and better future for social housing. The commission was chaired by Reverend Dr Mike Long, Minister of Notting Hill Methodist Church, whose church played a significant role in the aftermath of the fire.

Calling for change

The final report was published this January, called … Read more

Evicted for complaining about a gas leak
Evicted for complaining about a gas leak

Tom did his best to cooperate with his landlord’s ‘put up and shut up’ policy. But when he complained about a leaking gas oven, he found himself locked out and homeless.

Things had never been quite right with Tom’s shared house — far from it, in fact.  

His landlord blocked off access to the boiler and would leave the thermostat on such a low setting that the heating wouldn’t come on unless it was freezing.  

He also made a daily habit of coming to … Read more

Kimberley's story
Kimberley's story

Kimberley’s story November 9, 2018 Kimberley and her family became homeless when their landlord decided to sell. They desperately tried to find another flat to rent privately but because they were receiving housing benefit, or DSS, time and time again they were re read moreRead more