End Homelessness

10 Things You Can Do To Help Fight Homelessness

WHAT YOU CAN DO INDIVIDUALLY

GREATER CHANGE: DONATE SMARTER

Given the concern over the growing lack of spare change and the impact that will have on those in need, a start-up founded by Alex McCallion, Greater Change, proposes an innovative solution: a mobile donation system that is able to provide rent deposits, identification documents and skills courses through contactless payment for those in need.

+ Find out more by visiting their website here.

++ Also check out the StreetLink App.

THROUGH CHARITIES AND COMMUNITIES

VOLUNTEER LOCALLY

If you live in an area with visible homelessness that runs local soup kitchens and street pastors, you can always contribute to the cause by volunteering your time. Find your nearest soup kitchen here.

No Second Night Out is a nationwide initiative that works to prevent vulnerable people who are sleeping rough for the first time to access support.

Churches and faith groups often set up night shelters for the homeless, especially during the winter.

A guy in Bristol has been converting containers into temporary accommodation for the homeless.

There’s loads of ways in which you can help the homeless in your local community. Find your nearest service here.

LOBBY BUSINESSES

END DISCRIMINATION AGAINST TENANTS ON HOUSING BENEFIT

Lettings agencies – such as Ludlow Thompson – often advise landlords to reject tenants that are on housing benefits. Already struggling with housing costs as rents have outstripped wages, renters on housing benefit are being denied their right to find a home, pushing people closer to homelessness. Ludlow Thompson will only stop this unacceptable behaviour if enough of us put pressure on it to change. Take action now.

LOBBY LOCAL & NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

ADVOCATE FOR REFORM

From social housing to mental health and addiction, rough sleeping is a problem that cuts across many issues. There’s a lot that needs to change to prevent vulnerable people from sleeping rough in the first place: reforming prisoner release and the de-mobilisation of ex-servicemen; fighting against the benefits freeze; building more social housing, and much more. Some successful initiatives have been set up: Housing First and the Severe Weather Protocol, for example. Leeds City Council set up a scheme that employed homeless people to turn unfit housing into permanent accommodation for the homeless.

However, more needs to be done.

Coming up next year, we’re going to hep you lobby local and national government to adopt innovative ideas that help rough sleepers. If you’d like us to keep you up to date with things you can do to take action on homelessness, please let us know here:

Yes – count me in

 

Falling short of all that, you could always simply be friendly to a homeless person: positive engagement and interaction goes a long way in helping someone in need. Next time you see a homeless person, strike up a conversation or smile.

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