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Law and rights

The law sets out what help people can get to deal with homelessness. But it can also exclude people from getting any help at all.

What is the solution?

We are working with governments across Britain to make sure that by law every homeless person is entitled to get the help they need. We want people to be offered help, not criminalised for being homeless. This includes people who come here from overseas. We know that many homeless people have spent time in prison. Helping people into housing when they leave prison makes them less likely to commit more crimes.

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The issues explained

Homelessness legislation

Councils in England, Scotland and Wales are required by law to help homeless people. They could still do more.


People who come to Britain from overseas and fall on hard times struggle to get help. This is causing homelessness.

Prison leavers

Too often people leave prison with nowhere to go. If they become homeless they're more likely to commit crimes again.

Impact on homelessness

Our research examines the impact of legislation and interventions on homelessness.

Public spending would fall by

£370 million

if 40,000 people were prevented from experiencing one year of homelessness


Our No one turned away campaign is calling for every homeless person who approaches their council to get the help they need.

No one turned away campaign

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.


"These statistics are a harrowing reminder of how deadly life on the streets can be. As we get closer to Christmas and temperatures are dropping, rough sleepers are facing exposure to dangerous conditions, above and beyond the violence and abuse often experienced when living on the streets."


What you can do


We could not do our work without the support and commitment of volunteers throughout the year across the UK.

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Add your voice to the thousands of Crisis campaigners who sign petitions, email their MP and raise awareness. 

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