Tackling the root causes of homelessness

Since 1967, Crisis has campaigned for change. We work with thousands of campaigners, allies, influencers and people who are experiencing homelessness to get the lasting change we need to end homelessness. Here we shine the spotlight on just some of the Crisis campaigns you’re making possible.

Scrap the Act

Crisis campaigned hard to scrap the Vagrancy Act, which made it a crime to sleep rough or beg in England and Wales. But now, the government has revealed it wants to replace the Vagrancy Act with new laws that would give the police new powers to criminalise begging. This approach risks criminalising homelessness by the back door and could push people on the streets further away from the help they need.

We must not replace one harmful piece of legislation with another that targets people experiencing homelessness and destitution. 

If we come together, we can make the government drop these proposals. Sign the petition today.

Sign the petition 

When the Vagrancy Act was still in force, Karl was arrested and put in jail. Crisis helped him get an education and find a home and Karl then helped campaign against the act. Supporters like you played a vital role in getting it scrapped, transforming the lives of people like Karl.

He says: “I want to say thank you to everyone who’s been involved in the campaign to end the Vagrancy Act. From the heart, I love every one of you."

Thank you for tackling the root causes of homelessness and changing the lives of people like Karl. 


Homelessness Reduction Act

We have long campaigned for legislation that ensures people facing homelessness get the right help to turn their lives around. But despite major victories, our research shows councils are still leaving people homeless and it’s largely because of a severe lack of truly affordable housing.

In 2018, our 'No One Turned Away' campaign helped secure the Homelessness Reduction Act. It was the biggest change to England’s homelessness laws in 40 years and meant anyone facing homelessness should receive help.

But we wanted to know if the law is changing things in practice, and asked over 1,400 people about the help they’ve received. The results are now in.

Our research found the Homelessness Reduction Act has made a huge difference to people’s lives. Since it was introduced four years ago, more people have got the help they need to leave homelessness behind. And more have avoided losing their homes in the first place.

But sadly, there are still too many people (17%) receiving no support. And nearly half of people facing homelessness who approached their council for help were forced to remain homeless - sleeping rough, sofa surfing or stuck in temporary accommodation.

It’s largely because there’s a severe lack of truly affordable housing. That’s why we’re calling on the government to build 90,000 social homes for rent, every year for the next 15 years, so that councils have the housing they need to end homelessness for good. 

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Experiences of the Homelessness Reduction Act, 2018-2021





Inquiry to end rough sleeping

A new inquiry is investigating what the Government must do to meet its promise of ending rough sleeping by 2024. And Crisis is playing a key role.

Every day, Crisis tackles the root causes of homelessness and this includes helping to run the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Ending Homelessness (APPGEH) – a group set up in 2016 in response to the growing numbers of people rough sleeping. The group includes key charities and MPs from across the political spectrum and connects people who are homeless with people in government. This inquiry will lay out what the Government must do to make rough sleeping in England a rare thing.

Crisis works tirelessly to put homelessness at the top of the political agenda, and it’s all thanks to you.