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Welfare Reform on the Web (November 2000): Homelessness - UK

COMING IN FROM THE COLD: PROGRESS REPORT ON THE GOVERNMENT'S STRATEGY ON ROUGH SLEEPING: SUMMER 2000

Rough Sleepers Unit

London: 2000

Summarises progress on initiatives to help those currently sleeping rough to come inside, rebuild the lives of former rough sleepers and prevent a new generation of rough sleepers. Initiatives in London to help existing rough sleepers include establishing Contact and Assessment Teams, setting up rolling shelters, and developing a Nigh Centre for older rough sleepers and a Safe Stop for young people. Preventive services are being targeted on young people leaving local authority care, ex-prisoners and former members of the armed services.

DOWN TO THE HARD CORE

R. Winchester

Community Care, no.1337, 2000, p.8-9

The Rough Sleepers Unit established by the Labour government has succeeded in cutting the number of people in England sleeping on the streets, and needs now to focus on a remaining hard core of roofless people with chronic mental health and addiction problems.

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