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Support for EU citizens experiencing homelessness

No-one should be homeless, no matter where they’re from.

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Our research found that EU nationals are almost twice as likely to experience homelessness as the general population and almost three times as likely to experience rough sleeping.

But many EU citizens living here struggle to access the system of housing, homelessness or employment support they need when something like a job loss hits, due to rules limiting who can get help.

Even Europeans who've lived and worked in Britain for many years can face extra barriers to getting help if they become homeless.

We're calling on the Government in Westminster to fund a tailored employment and housing support package for EU citizens who are facing homelessness and who experience barriers to accessing the usual avenues of support.

This support must include emergency accommodation.

Without a safe and stable base, people often don’t have the physical and mental wellbeing to engage with services, move into work, and ultimately their own home.

With this specialist employment and housing support package, the Government can make substantial progress towards its goal to end rough sleeping by 2024.

Take action

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It’s unacceptable that anyone facing homelessness in Britain does not have support they need.

Add your name to our urgent campaign calling on the Westminster Government to help EU citizens facing homelessness with emergency accommodation and support to find secure, properly paid employment so they can build back their lives.


Sign the petition

Discover the story

Imagine that you were born in a European country and have been living and working in the UK for several years.

You were forced to sleep rough after your relationship broke down and you lost your job.

Would you be able to get the support you need?

Find out how the story unfolds.


Continue the story

Find out more

Our campaigns

Our goal is to end all forms of homelessness and, where possible, prevent it from arising in the first place.

Right now, in order to best achieve the Government’s goal of ending rough sleeping by 2024, we are campaigning for a renewed rough sleeping strategy that includes bespoke solutions such as:

  • Funding for specialist employment and housing support for EU citizens
  • The national roll-out of Housing First

We are also campaigning for repeal of the 1824 Vagrancy Act

With these solutions, the Government is more likely to meet its manifesto commitment to end rough sleeping in England by 2024.