Red locked door ©Owen J FitzpatrickCommonweal Housing’s new report ‘Rough Justice: uncovering social policies that create homelessness’  brings to light the public policies that are unnecessarily increasing homelessness and the simple steps that could stop these costly mistakes. Download your copy here. Homelessness and the threat of becoming homeless is a much wider problem than government figures of 2,414 rough sleepers suggests. The affects are far reaching – with devastating consequences for individuals and families in temporary, unsuitable and unsustainable housing. Our new report launched on 9 July features eight sector experts, who draw attention to the severity of the problem. It challenges government to recognise the negative polices highlighted and to change them.

‘Women with multiple needs: breaking the cycle is a joint contribution to the report by Anawim, Birmingham City University and Midland heart Housing Association. The piece challenges the lack of a much needed clear housing pathways accompanied by integrated social support for women with multiple needs. Recommendations highlight the success of
Re-Unite but also the threats from policy to Re-Unite and other initiatives supporting vulnerable women.  Chief Executive Ashley Horsey says “Commonweal Housing is delighted to launch Rough Justice which highlights the many policy changes needed to combat homelessness. Homelessness is a very real problem that cannot be ignored; it results in distressing long-term consequences for individuals, communities and for the State.”


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