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Rough-Sleeping Must Come to an End in England: £105 Million to Keep Rough-Sleepers Safe and Off the Streets During the Pandemic

 

 

|| Wednesday: June 24: 2020|| ά. Interim housing for thousands of rough sleepers to be taken off the streets during the pandemic is to be provided, UK ministers have announced. The additional £105 million will be used to support rough sleepers and those at risk of homelessness into tenancies of their own, including, through help with deposits for accommodation and securing thousands of alternative rooms, already available and ready for use, such as student accommodation.

The funding unveiled today takes the total amount provided this year by government to support rough sleepers and those on the brink of becoming homeless to over half a billion pounds. But these are ‘temporary good’ efforts but they are still sticking plasters. These do not end rough-sleeping, which is an absolute high-cruelty, done to citizens of a country, who by virtue of being thrown into the streets, face the clear and real disenfranchisement because it, effectively, make them ‘uncitizens’ of their own country, nation and people they are supposed to be a part of. The government must come up with clear a strategy, not ambition, not aspiration, not Paris Plaster but real and clear commitment and strategy to bring in a legislation to end rough-sleeping statutorily in England for good. It is absolutely unacceptable that in the fifth richest economy of the world, there should be citizens of this country, let to rough-sleep and suffer and die in their hundreds every year. This must come to an end and it must happen now.

Rough-sleeping is an absolute high-cruelty and it is not compatible with any human rights law nor is it compatible with the ‘natural justice foundation’ of English and British law. People are not sleeping rough because the UK and England can not afford to bring an end to this; people are forced to rough-sleep and suffer because the political forces in the government do not have the will to bring an end to this. And, this again, brings into focus the rough-sleepers becoming non-citizens so that they have no fixed abode and who care about those, who are not fixed-placed citizens, who, despite having votes and who can vote, won’t vote. Even, though, rough-sleepers do not lose their votes, when people are struggling for each breath in the mercy of elements there the world and everything in it go hay-wire. It is time that no citizens of England and the UK must be rendered non-citizens by virtue of their being thrown onto the streets to suffer, rough-sleeping.

However, this government-led drive has brought together councils, charities, the private hospitality sector and community groups with the joint aim of protecting some of the most vulnerable people in society from COVID-19 and helping them turn around their lives and get them off the streets for good. It has come during one of the most challenging periods the country has ever faced as a nation.

The announcement comes as plans to provide 6,000 long-term, safe homes continue at pace, to ensure the work being done to take society’s most vulnerable off the streets during the pandemic has a lasting impact. Last month, the government unveiled transformative plans to support thousands of rough sleepers, currently housed in emergency accommodation to move on to more sustainable, long-term housing, with 3,300 additional supported homes to be provided this year.

A further £16 million is, also, being provided so that vulnerable people currently in emergency accommodation can access specialist help they need for substance misuse issues, in order to rebuild their lives and move towards work and education.

The Housing Secretary, Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP said, ‘’In recent months, I have seen a huge effort across the country to keep, almost, 15,000 vulnerable people off the streets. This has been vital to ensure their safety during the peak of the pandemic and has changed the lives of thousands for the better. The additional funding announced today will allow us to continue to support these individuals, giving them access to the accommodation and support they need now while we continue with plans to deliver thousands of long-term homes in the coming months. Together, this takes the funding provided by government for vulnerable rough sleepers and those at risk of becoming homeless to over half a billion this year, an unprecedented commitment as we move towards ending rough sleeping for good.’’ Indeed, this must be an urgent and unqualified commitment: to end rough-sleeping for good. The sooner the better.

The Chief Secretary to the Treasury Mr Steve Barclay MP said, ‘’It’s vital we do everything we can to support the most vulnerable people in society, especially, during challenging times like these.  This funding will not only mean that thousands of rough sleepers continue to have a roof over their head but, it, also, provides a platform to unlock new opportunities to improve their lives for the better.’’

The Chair of the COVID-19 Rough Sleeping Taskforce, Dame Louise Casey said, ‘’Everyone in’ has been an extraordinary effort from councils, charities and many others to provide a safe haven for almost 15,000 homeless people, who were either on the streets or at risk of rough sleeping during this COVID-19 pandemic. I want to thank again the hotels and other providers, who have opened their doors to some of the most vulnerable people in society at this most difficult time.    We now have an extraordinary opportunity to help keep them in and turn their lives around, if, we get the next steps right. I am clear that there can now be no going back to the streets as people begin to move on from the emergency accommodation, that has been put in place.’’ 

The government is committed to ending rough sleeping by the end of this Parliament and has taken steps to protect thousands of vulnerable rough sleepers and those at risk of becoming homeless through the pandemic, including:

Working collaboratively across government and with councils, health providers and charities, to offer emergency accommodation to, almost, 15,000 vulnerable people, known to councils at the beginning of the pandemic.

 Accelerating plans to put in place over 6,000 new supported homes as a landmark commitment to end rough-sleeping, backed by  £433 million of government funding, with 3,300 of these becoming available in the next 12 months.

An initial £03.2 million, given to councils at the beginning of the pandemic so they could take immediate action to support rough sleepers off the streets and a further £03.2 billion of additional funding to help with the immediate pressures councils are facing.

The creation of the new Rough Sleeping Taskforce, led by Dame Louise Casey, which will lead the next phase of the government’s support for rough sleepers during the pandemic.

These figures are for England only but would result in up to £19.8 million of Barnett consequentials for the devolved administrations. The £105 million is made up of £85 million of new funding from HM Treasury and £20 million from refocusing existing homelessness and rough-sleeping budgets.

The additional £16 million for substance misuse is money, already, announced but brought forward due to the challenges of the pandemic. This takes the total funding for substance misuse this year to £23 million. In April the Communities Secretary appointed Dame Louise Casey to spearhead a specialist taskforce to lead the next phase of the government’s support for rough sleepers during the pandemic.

The taskforce is working hand-in-hand with councils, charities, faith groups and other partners across the country on plans to ensure rough-sleepers can move into safe accommodation once the immediate crisis is over.

The taskforce is, also, ensuring that the thousands of rough-sleepers now in accommodation continue to receive the physical and mental health support they need over the coming weeks and months.

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Now That Henry Cleary Sets His Records Standing Parallel to the Original Greek Marathon Runner He Invites You to Join His Records by Supporting His Funds for the Rough Sleepers for He Would Like the Charity Crisis He Is Supporting to See Rough Sleeping Ended

 

 

 

|| Sunday: May 10: 2020 || ά. This seven-year old loves Star Wars and in this young age has enough humanity in him to empathise and feel compassion in his heart for the plight of human beings, forced onto sleep and suffer on the street, rough sleeping, for which he decided to beat the Greek Marathon Runner’s original records by becoming, probably, the youngest one it the history of this race  and has begun running his Marathon, that he intended to complete in ten days to raise funds for the homeless charity, Crisis. He intends this fund to help Crisis provide vital and life-saving support to people, who are rough sleeping in this corona virus pandemic.

Master Henry Cleary, from Stoke Poges, Bucks, set himself the challenge to run a Marathon, running 02.6 miles every day and has already notched up £4,000 in donations in less than a week. Master Cleary says, “I was inspired by Captain Tom to take up a challenge, that would be really, really tough. I researched charities on Google and found Crisis. They want to end homelessness and keep people off the streets after corona virus and that’s exactly what I want to help them do.” He has not only been able to complete his Marathon well in advance but, also, proved that there is such a thing, called, civic society, despite being in lockdown. Because they cheered him on and supported him from their homes along his route every day, as did his little sister Ms Beatrice, riding along on her bike.

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Every morning at 11 o'clock Master Henry sets off around his village to the sound of neighbours clapping and cheering to send him on his way. Hundreds of villagers now line the streets and cheer from their doorsteps as he runs his 02.6-mile route.

Master Cleary’s mother Ms Emily says, “We are so proud of our amazing little boy. We know that he will put his heart and soul into achieving this goal and raising as much money as possible. Saturday was, particularly, tough in the heat and he really hit 'the wall' but he amazed everyone and kept going. He was elated when he turned into our road at the end to rapturous applause.

“Henry and his sister Beatrice have always been concerned about rough sleepers. They have both donated toys for homeless children in the past and always think of others. They’re very caring kids and we’re incredibly proud of what Henry’s doing. Beatrice will, of course, be cheering him on every day and riding alongside on her scooter when she can.”

Master Henry Cleary was expected to complete the challenge today, Sunday. He was running a little over his target every day in the hope that he could beat the odds and finish on Saturday. Locals are clubbing together to plan a surprise socially-distant celebration at the finishing line.

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|| Thursday: February 13: 2020: Rachel McSweeney and Andrea Lacey Writing || ά. The ONS has been involved in an important new initiative, bringing together data from across government to better measure and map the factors that influence homelessness. These new indicators will give policy makers a deeper insight into the complexities of this serious social issue.

At the ONS, we want to harness the power of data to help policy makers make decisions which can improve the lives of vulnerable people in our society. Working with other like-minded organisations allows us to share skills and expertise to create tools which can have real impact. As a What Works Centre, CHI created the SHARE framework aiming to monitor progress towards ending homelessness and early last year, asked ONS to help develop the indicators. This was an opportunity to show how collaborative working can help solve policy issues.

ONS brought significant experience in developing indicator frameworks, understanding social challenges and analysing and visualising varied datasets. CHI, on the other hand, offered the ability to draw on expertise from their network of practitioners and policy makers, researchers, the third sector and people with experiences of homelessness and this project benefitted greatly by using this collective wisdom.

The project started by reviewing the literature on the causes of homelessness and speaking to experts in the field. This taught us that there are many factors to consider when it comes to homelessness and who may be at risk. Some people are more vulnerable to changes in conditions, such as, people, who’ve experienced a relationship breakdown and, particularly, those, who have been victims of adverse childhood experiences or violence. This initiated the development of a framework of what must be measured, if, we’re to fully understand homelessness. This initial idea went out for consultation in May 2019, we had a fantastic response from over 500 people and their feedback helped shape the framework.

The issue of homelessness is complex and this platform brings together data on different concepts, from employment and housing availability to financial well-being and social attitudes. Alongside CHI, we’ve worked closely with data experts to make sure we understand the considerations of each data set used.

Each country in the UK collects data about homelessness differently. The ONS has worked on bringing together data on homelessness and the ability to compare different sources, however, there was no central place, that collated figures on topics relating to those at risk of homelessness.

The strength of this approach is that decision makers can form a fuller picture instead of considering interlinked concepts in isolation. Much of the data contained in the platform isn’t new but, the value of this platform and working with CHI, has been to bring the statistics together and to the front line of policy debate.

The need to work across government on this project is clear and providing the link between CHI and data experts has been a key part of this work.  This platform is something, that sits alongside official statistics; it is not a replacement but, a tool, which brings statistics together on a multitude of topics from across the UK in one helpful place and puts them in a wider context.

It was a challenge to find data for every proposed indicator and there is still more work to do but, no indicator set is ever ‘finished’ and the release of the platform is the beginning rather than the end of the conversation. There are gaps to fill, breakdowns to produce and more accurate measures to find.

We will continue to work with analysts across government, the wider sector and CHI to make sure we continue to expand the evidence base to give experts the best possible chance of understanding all the factors, which have an impact on homelessness. CHI work in a very responsive way, therefore, are always interested to know what other data can be included.

To provide feedback on the platform, you can contact us at gss.housing@ons.gov.uk or CHI directly at feedback@homelessnessimpact.org.

This project has been incredibly rewarding and, we hope, this platform goes some way to helping to create lasting change to the pressing issue of homelessness in our country. 

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|| December 18: 2018 || ά. The Mayor of London, Mr Sadiq Khan, praised Londoners for donating to homelessness charities, as the amount raised by his winter rough sleeping campaign topped £78,000 in just two weeks. Mr Khan’s comments followed his visit, on the evening of December 14, to his new ‘Staging Post’ for rough sleepers in Southwark, where he met outreach workers and those, who had benefitted from the service. The service, part of the ‘No Second Night Out’ programme and funded by extra money the Mayor has secured from national Government, offers rough sleepers short-term accommodation and in-depth support to help them stay off the streets.

Mr Khan launched his winter rough sleeping campaign a fortnight ago with 35 new ‘TAP London’ contactless donation points across the capital. Since then, another 18 points have been put in place and Londoners have already used them 2,581 times, alongside, donations on the campaign’s GoFundMe page, to donate to the London Homeless Charities Group, a coalition of 22 charities tackling homelessness in the capital. Londoners have, also, responded to Mr Khan’s call to help connect those sleeping rough with outreach workers and vital services by using the StreetLink app and website. 1,474 referrals have, already, been made to StreetLink in the last fortnight.

In addition, Londoners are stepping up to volunteer and help this vital cause in any way they can, with over 450 expressing an interest in opportunities via the Team London website since Mr Khan launched his campaign. Team London is the Mayor’s volunteering programme, offering Londoners a range of volunteering opportunities across the capital, from one-off events to longer-term commitments.

The campaign is part of Mr Khan’s efforts to boost rough sleeping services in the capital, including, through using funding he has secured from national Government to double the size of City Hall’s street outreach team. The Mayor has, also, agreed with London councils that severe weather shelters will now open London-wide, if, the temperature is predicted to drop below zero anywhere in the capital. Previously, shelters were opened on a borough-by-borough basis, leading to patchy provision.

The new policy came into action as the Mayor opened emergency weather shelters across London, for the first time, this year, with temperatures dropping to zero or below in several boroughs across the capital. He has, also, worked with boroughs to sign up to the ‘In For Good’ principle , a promise that, when a rough sleeper goes to an emergency shelter, they will be accommodated there until a support plan is put in place to help them off the streets for good.

The Mayor of London, Mr Khan, said, ‘’Even, one person sleeping rough is one too many and it’s fantastic to see this year’s campaign get off to such a great start, with Londoners donating through the new TAP London contactless points and online. City Hall is doing everything we can to help rough sleepers, including, opening emergency shelters across the capital all at the same time as temperatures start to drop and expanding services to make sure people get the support they need to end their time on the streets.

We know members of the public want to help rough sleepers whenever they can and by referring any people they are concerned about to StreetLink, Londoners are making a real difference by connecting them with outreach workers. I urge Londoners to keep donating, keep referring to StreetLink and to support my calls on the Government to do more to stop the root causes of homelessness.”

Ms Petra Salva, the Director of Rough Sleeper, Offender and Migrants Services at St Mungo’s, said, “This was a welcome opportunity to introduce the Mayor to clients and staff at the Staging Post and tell him more about the service and how it links in with others across London.

It is vital to support people new to rough sleeping indoors as soon as possible, especially, as the weather gets colder and we’d encourage people to keep using the StreetLink web and app referral service, if, they are concerned about someone sleeping rough. These referrals mean that our and other outreach teams can connect people quickly into places such as NSNO and the Staging Post.

As one of the members of the London Homeless Charities Group, can we, also, thank the many generous Londoners, who have, already , upported this campaign. We will be putting the money we receive from the campaign this year into services, that help people tackling physical and mental health problems. People can face complex problems recovering from rough sleeping and homelessness but, with the right support at the right time, we know that people can and do, rebuild their lives.”

The Mayor invests almost £03.7 million every year into the No Second Night Out Service, which is run by St Mungo’s. This year, Mr Khan is, also, investing an additional £01.54 million of Government funding to expand the service, developing two new staging posts and a ‘floating hub’, which moves around London targeting rough sleeping hot spots with intensive, immediate support.

This is just one of the many services, run by the Mayor, funded from his £08.5 million a year rough sleeping budget and by the millions of pounds of additional funding he has secured from the Government. Last year the Mayor’s teams helped 5,000 rough sleepers and former rough sleepers and 86 per cent of those people were not seen on the streets again.

TAP London is set to roll out further contactless donation points across the capital, with more than 90 to be put in place throughout the winter.
Londoners can donate to the campaign via the Fund’s Go Fund Me page.

£7,743 has been donated through the TAP London contactless donation points. £23,576 has, also, been raised through donations on the London Homeless Charities Group’s online Go Fund Me page, as well as, a direct donation to the Group of £47,500 from The Berkeley Foundation.
The 53 TAP London contactless donation points are located at:
Westfield SB Empty Unit
Vodafone SB Westfield
Brompton Road
Vodafone ST Westfield
City Hall
Draughts Board Game Cafe
The Walrus
The Duke of Sussex
The Firestation
Union Street GLA
The Wellington, Hotel Wellington
Bar Elba
WeWork, 41 Corsham Street
WeWork, Moorgate
Westfield Shepherds Bush, Central Desk
Regent Street Local, Heddon House 149-151 Regent Street
Gentleman's Baristas, Building House
Regent Street Local, Heddon House 149-151 Regent Street
Westfield Shepherds Bush, Gift Hub
WeWork, 8 Devonshire Square
Protein Studio, 31 New Inn Yard, EC2A 3EY
Regent Street Local, Heddon House 149-151 Regent Street
Westfield Shepherds Bush, Valet Desk
Curzon Bloomsbury
Regent Street Local, Heddon House 149-151 Regent Street
Regent Street Local, Heddon House 149-151 Regent Street
WeWork Finsbury Pavement
Acquavit, St James
Gentlemen's Baristas, The Jerwood Space Ltd., 171 Union St
Harold Pinter Theatre
City of London Information Centre, St Paul's Churchyard
Gentlemen's Baristas, 63 Union Street
WeWork Holborn
Bump and Grind
1 Stratford Place:Loading Bar
Crick Corner
Westfield Stratford Main Desk
Westfield Stratford Marks and Spencer Desk
Gentleman Baristas, 02
Curzon, Aldgate
Gentleman Baristas, Poplar
Gentleman Baristas, Park Street
Curzon Victoria
Curzon Mayfair:Curzon Soho
Lollipop
Jack's Bar Waterloo
Climpson and Sons, Broadway Market
Holy Shot Coffee, Bethnal Green
Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen
193 Piccadilly:empty unit
35 Monmouth Street, Seven dials:empty unit
Showcase, 12 Regent Street
Espresso Library, Southampton row
For more information on the Mayor’s rough sleeping services, visit.

TAP London received funding from the Mayor’s Rough Sleeping Innovation Fund, Berkeley Foundation and Heart of London Business Alliance. The technology is provided and developed by Good Box.

The funds raised from the Go Fund Me page and TAP London locations will feed into a single fund, which will be split equally between the 22 members of the London Homeless Charities Group and spent on services to tackle or prevent rough sleeping.

TAP London is a non-profit organisation, that seeks to tackle homelessness by using technology in new and innovative ways. www.taplondon.org. Donations are processed in less than half a second, donor’s details are encrypted and 100% of every donation made goes to the charities in the London Homeless Charities Group.

The Mayor’s Rough Sleeping Innovation Fund aims to stimulate new and innovative approaches to tackling rough sleeping in the capital. It offers grant funding to local authorities and organisations tackling rough sleeping, to pilot new ideas and develop new services in the sector.

If, you are concerned about someone you have seen sleeping rough you can use the Street Link website to send an alert.

The details you provide are sent to the local authority or outreach service for the area, in which you have seen the person, to help them find the individual and connect them to support.

The London Homeless Charities Group:LHCG is made up of 22 charities
The Albert Kennedy Trust
The Big Issue
Centrepoint
Connection at St Martins
Crisis
DePaul
Evolve
Homeless Action Barnet
Homeless Link
Housing Justice
Kingston Churches Action on Homelessness
Look Ahead
New Horizons Youth Centre
The Passage
Providence Row
Salvation Army
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SHP
St Mungo's
Thames Reach
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Homeless Households in Temporary Accommodation in England: 79,880 Households: 123,230 Children: This Marks the Twenty-Seventh Time That the Number of Households in Temporary Accommodation Has Risen Compared with the Same Quarter of the Previous Year: 54,540 of 79,880 Households Or 68% are in London: Will England Think of What Kind of Life Family Life, Childhood and Education These 123,230 Children are Receiving

 

 

|| July 29: 2018: || ά. This Briefing Paper provides background information on the increase in the number of homeless households, placed in temporary accommodation by English local authorities and outlines various initiatives and issues associated with this increased use of temporary accommodation. Local housing authorities in England have a duty to secure accommodation for unintentionally homeless households in priority need under Part Seven of the Housing Act 1996 as amended. And, will the country contemplate the utter, absolute and insane waste of public money in this ‘temporary accommodation fiasco of a system’: ‘’£01.1bn spent by English local authorities in 2015-16, £845 million was spent on temporary accommodation’’. And what purpose does it serve to waste this amount money while it does not resolve the problem of these homeless families, who, after the end of that financial year, still remain homeless in that same ‘waste-space-left-to-wither-away’ state?

The most recent official statistics, published on June 27 this year, recorded 79,880 households in temporary accommodation at the end of March 2018. This marks the twenty-seventh time, that the number of households in temporary accommodation has risen compared with the same quarter of the previous year. The 79,880 households include 123,230 children, representing a 65% increase since the first quarter of 2010. Of these households, 54,540, 68%, were placed in temporary accommodation in London. The number of families with dependent children placed in B and B-style accommodation increased from 630 at the end of March 2010 to 2,180 at the end of March 2018.

Households, might be, placed in temporary accommodation pending the completion of inquiries into an application or they, might, spend time waiting in temporary accommodation after an application is accepted until suitable secure accommodation becomes available. Official statistics published in December 2011 marked the end of the long-term downward trend in the number of households in temporary accommodation; seasonally-adjusted figures had fallen in each successive quarter since peaking in 2004.

Various initiatives have been pursued to try to limit the use of unsuitable B and B-type temporary accommodation. For example, local authorities have focused on securing private rented housing through lease agreements with private landlords. Authorities, particularly, in areas of high housing demand, argue that their ability to do this has been affected by Housing Benefit reforms, meaning that landlords can secure higher returns from letting their properties on the open market to non-Housing Benefit claimants; although, not all homeless applicants are in receipt of Housing Benefit.

One response has been for authorities to seek temporary accommodation outside of their own areas. There was a 250% increase in the number of households placed in temporary accommodation outside of their local authority between the first quarter of 2011 and the first quarter of 2018. Local authority expenditure on homelessness services, including, temporary accommodation, has ‘steadily increased since 2010’.

February 2016 saw the publication of research commissioned by London Councils from the Centre for Housing Policy at the University of York, which identified specific issues for London authorities in securing temporary accommodation: "A perfect storm of market conditions and policy changes means that providing temporary accommodation for homeless individuals and families is increasingly challenging for London boroughs."

On December 17, 2015 the Communities and Local Government Select Committee launched an inquiry into the causes of homelessness, as well as, the approach taken by national and local government to prevent and tackle homelessness. The Committee asked for written evidence to be submitted by February 08, 2016. Some respondents submitted evidence calling for more flexibility in providing temporary accommodation outside of their local areas. The Committee’s report was published on August 18, 2016. The Committee called on the Government to initiate a ‘renewed, cross-Departmental Government strategy’.

The National Audit Office:NAO published a report on Homelessness in September 2017 in which it observed that of the £01.1bn spent by English local authorities in 2015-16, £845 million was spent on temporary accommodation:

Three-quarters of this spending, £638 million, was funded by housing benefit, of which £585 million was recovered from the Department for Work and Pensions. Spending on temporary accommodation has increased by 39% in real terms since 2010‑11. There is, also, a wider cost stemming from the impact of homelessness on public services, such as, healthcare. The Department does not have a robust estimate of this wider cost. 

The NAO recommended that: i: The Department should work with local authorities to ensure that they are making the most effective use of temporary accommodation. This work should include enabling local authorities to increase their use of the innovative short-term solutions, that they are taking; ii: The Public Accounts Committee’s:PAC December 2017 report, Homeless Households, observed that temporary accommodation is ‘often of a poor standard and does not offer value for money’.  The Committee recommended:

The Department should take steps to eliminate the use of non-decent temporary accommodation and to enable local authorities to replace this supply with local alternatives, that offer better value for money.

Commons Briefing papers SN02110: Authors: Wendy Wilson; Cassie Barton: Published on July 26, 2018

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