Pragmatic pods: good enough?

Commonweal Housing is an independently funded housing based action learning charity. This means we use our resources to provide the accommodation to enable charity and housing association partners to develop and test new ideas and housing based services which they believe can deliver new solutions to social injustice. Our independent funding (we are not beholden […]

Salesian Sisters: Hosting Asylum Seeking Women

Pat, Margaret and Mary are three elderly Salesian Sisters who host destitute asylum seeking women in their home in Beckenham. The three Sisters have hosted six women since 2016, providing a safe and welcoming place for them to stay, food and companionship, with almost 2,000 nights’ worth of safe accommodation provided to date. As Sister […]

Universal Credit: Five weeks is too long

Tom Say is Campaigns Manager at The Trussell Trust, a charity which supports a nationwide network of food banks that provide emergency food and help to people locked in poverty. It also campaigns for change to end the need for those food banks. The Trussell Trust and Housing Justice are currently working together, along with other charities, […]

Official rough sleeping count up 15%

Official figures released today by the Department for Housing, Communities and Local Government  show the number of rough sleepers counted on a single night in Autumn 2017 stands at 4751. Compared to the figure from a year ago, which stood at 4,134, this figure represents a 15% increase. This is the seventh consecutive year the rough sleeper count has […]

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