March 2017

Press release: Homelessness bill passes final hurdle as numbers in temporary accommodation rises by 10%

Today the Homelessness Reduction Bill cleared its third and final reading in the House of Lords. This comes as new homelessness statistics released today show that the number of households in temporary accommodation in England rose by 10% over the course of 2016.

Press release: Councils warn housing shortfall and benefit cuts fuelling rising homelessness

Almost two thirds (64%) of councils across England are struggling to find social tenancies for homeless people, while half find it 'very difficult' to assist applicants into privately rented accommodation, according to a report published today by national homelessness charity Crisis and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF).

Press release: Crisis appoints Policy and Communications Manager in Wales

Crisis, the national charity for homeless people, has announced the appointment of Nick Morris as its first Policy and Communications Manager to lead on its new programme of national influencing work in Wales.

Press release: Crisis responds to Corporate Watch report

Responding to the Corporate Watch report that reveals concerns about homelessness charities' links to immigration enforcement, Jon Sparkes, Chief Executive of Crisis, said:

Press release: 18-21 year olds at greater risk of homelessness as Government announces benefit cuts

The Government today laid out the regulations that will restrict 18 to 21 year olds from claiming the housing element of Universal Credit.

February 2017

Press release: Crisis backs call to ensure sanctions do not lead to homelessness

National homelessness charity Crisis has today welcomed a report by the Committee of Public Accounts which says that 'suspending benefit payments can lead to rent arrears and homelessness'.

Press release: Research reveals extent of sexual violence against female rough sleepers

Nearly 1 in 4 female rough sleepers has been sexually assaulted in the past year, according to new research from Crisis, the national charity for homeless people.

Press release: Crisis responds to government's white paper on housing

Responding to the white paper on housing, Jon Sparkes, Chief Executive of Crisis, said:

January 2017

Press release: Charities and government must work together as rough sleeping rises at 'appalling rate'

New government statistics have shown that 4,134 people slept rough across England on any given night in 2016 - a 16% increase compared to the previous year.

Press release: Minister backs charities' call to create new impact centre to improve homelessness prevention in Scotland

The Scottish Minister for Local Government and Housing Kevin Stewart MSP has backed Crisis and Glasgow Homelessness Network's (GHN) call for a new sector led centre to tackle homelessness through evidence-based solutions.

December 2016

Press release: Crisis reveals scale of violence and abuse against rough sleepers as charity opens its doors for Christmas

People sleeping on the street are almost 17 times more likely to have been victims of violence and 15 times more likely to have suffered verbal abuse in the past year compared to the general public, according to new research from Crisis, the national charity for homeless people.

Press release: Crisis calls £50m DCLG homelessness investment 'money well spent'

Crisis, the national charity for homeless people, has welcomed a £50 million Homelessness Prevention Fund from Communities and Local Government for local areas to prevent and reduce homelessness.

Press release: Crisis welcomes Mayor of London's £50 million fund to help homeless people

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan today announced 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 accommodation funded by the Mayor will run on two-year tenancies to homeless people ready for independent living.

Press release: MPs urged to back change in law as number of households in temporary accommodation rises again

Government figures out today show that there were 74,630 households in temporary accommodation on 30 September this year, an increase of 9% at the same point last year. The total number of households in temporary accommodation has now risen by 55% since 2010.

Press release: Research: Homeless people increasingly forced out of public spaces by hostile measures

Homeless people have reported an increase in spikes, noise pollution and other hostile measures in public spaces, according to new research from national homelessness charity Crisis.

November 2016

Press release: Crisis responds to National Audit Office report into benefit sanctions

The National Audit Office today published a report showing that the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) should do more to examine the impact of sanctions on people claiming benefits.

Press release: Ban on letting agent fees will make it easier for homeless people to rent

The Chancellor's Autumn Statement today announced a ban on letting agent fees. Responding, Chief Executive of Crisis, Jon Sparkes, said: "Today's ban on letting agent fees is great news for homeless people and those on very low incomes, who often struggle to afford the upfront costs of renting.

Press release: Crisis welcomes Government's renewal of rough sleeping fund

The Chancellor today announced a further £10 million funding over two years to the Rough Sleeping Fund as part of his Autumn Statement 2016.

Press release: Northern Ireland: action urgently needed to tackle homelessness

Homelessness in Northern Ireland remains at historically high levels, with rising numbers of households officially accepted as homeless over the past three years (see notes), according to new research published today by Crisis and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF).

Press release: Innovative housing projects set to benefit from £150k fund

Five UK housing projects helping homeless people - or those at risk of homelessness - to rent a home have been chosen as the beneficiaries of a new £150k fund.

October 2016

Press release: Homelessness bill receives Government backing yet could easily fail without MP support

Today the Government announced its support for the Homelessness Reduction Bill - a private member's bill put forward by Bob Blackman MP. The bill is due for its second reading on Friday 28 October but unless at least 100 MPs are in attendance on the day, it could easily be blocked or talked out.

Press release: Crisis reacts to publication of Homelessness Reduction Bill

Today (21 Oct) sees the publication of the final draft of the Homelessness Reduction Bill' - a private member's bill put forward by Bob Blackman MP.

Press release: Hundreds of campaigners meet MPs to call for action on homelessness

MP have been pledging their support for a new law to help tackle homelessness after meeting with campaigners from across the country during a mass lobby organised by Crisis.

Press release: Shocking report on dangers of rough sleeping makes "urgent case for change"

Homelessness charity St Mungo's has today (October 19) published a new report showing the dangers of rough sleeping and the consequences for homeless people when they are unable to get help from their council. This comes as hundreds of campaigners prepare to meet their MPs in Westminster to urge them to support Bob Blackman's Homelessness Reduction Bill.

Press release: Crisis welcomes government investment in tackling homelessness, but urges crucial legal reform

Responding to the announcement from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) of a £40 million funding programme for local areas to reduce homelessness, Jon Sparkes, Chief Executive of Crisis, the national charity for homeless people, said:

Press release: Call for government to back homelessness bill after ringing endorsement from MPs

The Communities and Local Government Committee has today (14 October) reported on its scrutiny of the 'Homelessness Reduction Bill' a private member's bill proposed by Bob Blackman, Conservative MP and committee member, with the aim of tackling and preventing homelessness in England (see notes).

September 2016

Press release: Call for MPs to act as homelessness rises by 10 per cent

New government figures released today show that 15,170 households were accepted as homeless between April and June of 2016, a rise of 3% on the previous quarter and a 10% rise on the same quarter last year.

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