In the last week there have been multiple stories and announcements about homelessness. Our CEO James has pulled together the threads for you, so you can see what is happening, what we are doing, and how you can be involved, especially as we head into the last few months before the government’s 2024 deadline to end rough sleeping.
You may have noticed more people sleeping rough in and around Wycombe town centre recently. We are certainly receiving more calls to our hotline letting us know about people who may need our help.
I joined one of our regular town centre outreach walks and I certainly haven’t seen that many people sleeping rough here for years. So what is going on?
We believe any measures to create a fair and decent housing system should be seen as equally fundamental to society and the wellbeing of citizens as the NHS is. A new white paper from the government may just make that happen…
Making it illegal to sleep rough doesn’t make people who are homeless just go away.
It’s time for a national strategy that identifies and acts on the link with providing decent and secure housing for all with improved public health and access to healthcare. And it needs to be part of our plan to recover from covid-19.
Homelessness devastates lives, families can be torn apart, people lose work, kids can be pulled out of schools, and people can even end up sleeping on the street. And this is exactly what we’re here for. We are on a mission to stop anyone locally lose their homes as a result of all this.
Some people may be protected from eviction by the current law for now, but our advocacy team are preparing for a surge in evictions…
Our CEO James reflects on the obstacles we have faced and the opportunities for real change in the lives of people who are homeless.
We are still having to fight to prevent homelessness - the ‘right to housing’ remains mainly aspirational as opposed to a statement of fact.