Community Care, June 19th 2008, p. 26-27
About 500 people still sleep rough across the UK, in spite of a £50m campaign to get them off the streets. They include women, people from ethnic minorities, drug addicts, economic migrants and failed asylum seekers. In order to reduce rough sleeping further, the government needs to put in place drug rehabilitation services and training opportunities.
Roof, July/Aug. 2008, p. 46-47
Hafod Housing Association, a registered social landlord in South Wales, has set up a mortgage rescue scheme to prevent families faced with repossession due to arrears from sliding into homelessness. The Association will buy the property from the home owner, pay off the mortgage, refurbish it, and offer the family an assured tenancy at an affordable rent.
T. Tam, N. Balmer and J. Christian
Roof, July/Aug. 2008, p. 42-43
Homeless households in temporary accommodation struggle with a wide range of rights-based problems in the areas of discrimination, debt, and employment as well as housing. Legal advice is an effective means of combating such problems, but research evidence shows that this disadvantaged group does not sufficiently engage with current rights advice services.
N. Pleace and others
Department for Communities and Local Government, 2008
This study of more than 2,500 families accepted by local authorities as statutorily homeless found that:
Overall the research shows that the statutory homelessness framework is functioning well, and assistance under the homelessness legislation appears to secure an overall net improvement in families' quality of life.