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Fewer families in Scotland are becoming homeless and fewer children are living in temporary accommodation, according to official statistics. There were 8,007 homelessness applications between October and December 2013, a tenth lower than the same quarter of 2012. The number of families living in temporary accommodation has also dropped to…
Wednesday, 5 Mar, 2014

Homelessness services for women

Women's homelessness is a "sad chronicle of missed opportunities" to get the right help to women at the right time, says a new report report published today by St Mungo's. More than 10,000 women were in homelessness services in the UK last year, and many more are ‘hidden homeless'. Evidence…
With the Care Bill entering the report stage in the House of Commons shortly, Michelle Cornes urges us to take part in the debate over what constitutes eligible need in relation to adult social care and support. Dr Cornes is Senior Research Fellow at the Social Care Workforce Research Unit…
The coalition’s policies aimed at cutting the social security bill have so far fallen disproportionately on the youth demographic (and disabled people), despite older people receiving 47 per cent of UK welfare spending through state pensions. Scrapping housing benefit for under-25s is one key policy announced at the Conservative party…
Rough sleepers across Belfast are receiving special packs to help them stay warm and dry, through the Public Health Agency’s (PHA) ‘Keep Warm’ scheme. Clothing and other protective items are being distributed to organisations working directly with people who are sleeping rough across Belfast, so that they can provide a…
The future of a 16-bed night shelter service for homeless people in Wrexham has been secured with a new funding agreement. The Ty Nos Night Shelter, run by Clwyd Alyn Housing Association, in Holt Road, opened in December 2008 but its future was in jeopardy after a funding shortfall. Wrexham…
Homeless women are not accessing the support of social services that they need to progress due to a lack of service coordination and the complex needs of the service users, a recent project has found. Researchers at the University of Bristol found that homeless women ‘are used to making themselves…
Calls to a housing and homelessness helpline have soared in the last six months as people struggle with the cost of living, according to the charity which runs it. Shelter Scotland said 2,111 people contacted its Glasgow-based advice line in October, a 25% increase on the 1,682 who did so…
“Homeless women will often resort to extreme measures to keep a roof over their heads: remaining in abusive relationships, engaging in sex work or committing minor crimes to be taken into custody. Others are found in crack houses and brothels, where they are controlled by pimps and drugs. For women…
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