The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Ending Homelessness (APPGEH) was set up in response to growing numbers of people rough sleeping and upward trends in the number of homeless applications in 2016. It is made up of MPs and Peers from across the political spectrum who all share an interest in ending homelessness. Its purpose is to put homelessness at the top of the political agenda and develop the policy solutions which will help prevent and resolve homelessness for good.
The APPGEH holds regular meetings with its officers to discuss the issues which proceed and escalate homelessness. It aims to develop the policy solutions which will create lasting change. The APPGEH also provides a platform for people with direct experience of homelessness to engage with Parliamentarians and key sector stakeholders and help inform the political dialogue surrounding homelessness.
We are currently holding an inquiry into how to scale-up Housing First across England. As part of this inquiry we are calling for written evidence from people who have been homeless and have direct experience of using Housing First services. To find out more please click here.
Find out about our campaign, A Safe Home, which is calling for everyone homeless as a result of fleeing domestic abuse to have access to a safe, secure home here.
Chairs and Vice-Chairs
Neil Coyle MP (Labour) - Co-Chair
Neil was elected MP to Bermondsey and Old Southwark in 2015 and has a strong interest in housing. He previously helped ensure that two local tenants’ associations were re-established. He also has significant experience in campaigning for a fairer welfare policy and is an active member of the local community.
Bob Blackman MP (Conservative) - Co-Chair
Bob was elected MP for Harrow East in 2010. He is the author of the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017, which places new duties on local authorities to help people facing homelessness.
Lord Bird (Crossbench) - Vice-Chair
Lord Bird is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Big Issue magazine. On his elevation to the House of Lords, he described his priorities as social justice, social inequality and poverty.
For more information about Lord Bird, follow him on Twitter.
Tonia Antoniazzi MP (Labour) - Vice-Chair
Tonia Antoniazzi was elected as MP for Gower at the 2017 General Election.
Rachael Maskell MP (Labour) - Vice Chair
Rachael Maskell was elected as the MP for York Central at the 2015 General Election. She currently serves as Shadow Minister for the Voluntary Sector. She has previously served as Shadow Secretary of State for Employment Rights. As well as an interest in homelessness, she has a strong interest in health and social care. Before her election to Parliament, she worked as a care-worker, physiotherapist and health union representative.
Stephen Timms MP (Labour) - Vice-Chair
Stephen Timms has been MP for East Ham since 1994, during which time he's taken on many ministerial roles. In January 2020 he was elected Chair of the Work and Pensions Committee.
Mike Wood MP (Conservative) - Vice-Chair
Mike Wood was elected as MP for Dudley South in 2015.
Nickie Aiken MP (Conservative) – Vice-Chair
Nickie was elected MP for Cities of London and Westminster in December 2019. Prior to this, Nickie was leader of Westminster City Council.
Jason McCartney MP (Conservative) – Vice-Chair
Jason was elected MP for Colne Valley in December 2019, having previously held this seat between 2010 and 2017.
Justin Madders MP (Labour)- Vice-Chair
Justin was elected MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston since 2015. Justin currently serves as a Shadow Health Minister. He has previously served as Shadow Minister for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and Health and Social Care.
We work with a wide range of sector organisations to ensure the APPG is fully informed on the homelessness debate and the diverse homeless population. We aim to engage a wide range of local organisations and homeless people in the APPGEH's activities. This collaborative platform allows the group to incorporate homeless voices from across the country into the policy discussion.
The Advisory Group includes St Mungo's, Shelter, Homeless Link, Centrepoint, YMCA, NHF, St Basil's, Housing Justice, Albert Kennedy Trust, Salvation Army, The Passage, Connection at St Martins, Changing Lives, Thames Reach, Depaul, Revolving Doors
- 8 December 2020 - minutes (PDF) - Third session of Housing First inquiry
- 4 November 2020 - minutes (PDF) - Second session of Housing First inquiry
- 22 October 2020 - minutes (PDF) - Emergency meeting on the winter provision of services
- 5 October 2020 - minutes (PDF) - Launch of Housing First inquiry
- 14 July 2020 - minutes (PDF) - COVID-19
- 27 January 2020 - minutes (PDF) - Inaugural meeting
- 21 October 2019 - minutes (PDF) - Annual General Meeting
- 14 January 2019 - minutes (Word) - Homeless deaths
- 17 October 2018 - minutes (PDF) - Annual General Meeting
- 30 April 2018 - minutes (PDF) - Youth homelessness
- 6 March 2018 - minutes (PDF) - Rapid rehousing
- 27 November 2017 - minutes (PDF) - Migrant homelessness
- 28 June 2017 - minutes (Word) - Annual general meeting
- 26 April 2017 - minutes (Word)- How to prevent survivors of domestic violence from becoming homeless
- 26 April 2017 - agenda (PDF) - How to prevent survivors of domestic violence from becoming homeless
- 25 January 2017 - minutes (Word) - How to prevent prison leavers from becoming homeless
- 26 October 2016 minutes (Word) - How to prevent care leavers from becoming homeless
- 28 June 2016 - minutes (Word)
- 9 March 2016 (inaugral meeting) - agenda (PDF)
If you would like more information on the APPGEH please do not hesitate to contact us. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.