London Winter Night shelters expand reach

The Housing Justice Church and Community Night Shelter network in London has begun this winter season better prepared and resourced to help people transition from rough sleeping to stable accommodation than ever before. In the first year of the GLA-funded Equipping Shelters Programme, Housing Justice has established the Catalyst Team, which dedicated to strengthening the […]

Faith in Affordable Housing helps build six new affordable homes in Cardiff

Six new affordable homes will soon be available in Cardiff as a result of a partnership between a church and local housing association facilitated by Housing Justice. Pentyrch Street Baptist Church in Cardiff had surplus land next to the church, and tthe Housing Justice Cymru Faith in Affordable Housing (FiAH) project facilitated a partnered with […]

In-form database offer for night shelters

We are offering 20 licenses for the In-Form database from Homeless Link. Inform is a cloud-based database specially designed for homeless organisations to record and manage guests info and shelter management, including waiting lists, venues, attendance, bed spaces, guest personal data, volunteer details and relationship recording. It’s simple to use, and packed with features to […]

Service commemorates the 129 people who have died homeless in London this year

Every November, a non-denominational Commemoration Service is held at St Martin-in-the-Fields to remember those who have died homeless over the previous year. The names of those who have died are read out to a congregation of those who are homeless or insecurely housed, together with those who work or volunteer with London’s homeless population.  This […]

Sleeping pods improve privacy in night shelters

The Pods are a prefabricated modular plywood structure that can be assembled within a shelter space to provide occupants with greater privacy and a dedicated space for their possessions. They provide as much of a ‘normal’ living experience as is possible in a night shelter setting, alongside the hospitality and support that guests will receive. […]

Innovation hub: how to help good ideas spread faster

This winter we are piloting an Innovation Hub to work alongside the Winter Night Shelter Network. The Innovation Hub has the following objectives: To uncover the innovation that exists within the Winter Night Shelter Network, and connect projects to ideas and to each other. To promote the content of the Hub, including the flagship project […]

London rough sleeping hits record high

The number of rough sleepers in London has surged to a record high, with around 22 people now sleeping on the streets for the first time each day, new figures show. Data collated by the Combined Homelessness and Information Network (CHAIN) shows 3,985 people slept rough across the capital from July to September 2019, 28 per cent increase […]

National Night Shelter Conference

The first Housing Justice National Night Shelter Conference on 1 November has addressed the key opportunities and challenges facing church and community night shelters in a rapidly-shifting environment. Meeting in London, 162 staff and volunteers from 64 night shelters across England and Wales tackled key issues of providing excellent care for guests at night shelters, […]

Homelessness report highlights the contribution of small faith-based organisations

A survey run by Homeless Link in partnership with Housing Justice has highlighted the vital role that small, community and faith-based organisations play in supporting individuals facing homelessness, often filling in the gaps where other services are unable to help. The report, ‘A critical safety net’, is based on data drawn from a survey of small, […]

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