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Ruth Jacob

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Senior Policy Officer , Crisis

Ruth has worked at Crisis since 2017. She has a Master’s Degree in Human Rights. Prior to Crisis, Ruth worked at the National Housing Federation.

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The private rented sector is playing an increasingly important role in helping to end homelessnes...


Homelessness is not inevitable. We know that in most cases it is preventable, and in every case it can be ended. Crisis’ new report, ‘Preventing homelessness: It’s everybody’s business’, helps demonstrate how this can be achieved. But this will only be possible if every part of government, from the Department for Work and Pensions to the Home Office, takes responsibility for preventing homelessness.


This Christmas, I passed up my usual family visits and lazy days flicking through the ‘so bad it’...


Today the High Court reached a landmark decision, ruling that the Right to Rent scheme in England causes racial discrimination and breaches the European Convention on Human Rights.


Last week the Government announced the allocation of £19.5 million to fund 54 projects across England to help people find a home in the private rented sector. These Help to Rent projects will support people who are homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless, to secure their own home.


The EU Settlement Scheme can be a lifeline for people experiencing homelessness in the UK. But some key changes are needed to ensure that vulnerable people aren’t shut out of this opportunity to end their homelessness for good.


But new immigration rules published last week would do exactly that. Under the new rules, which come into force on 1 December this year, rough sleeping will become grounds for refusing or cancelling someone’s right to remain in the UK.


The recently published Homelessness Monitor for England provides an in-depth account of how homel...