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Does homelessness affect women more than men?
Does homelessness affect women more than men?October 22, 2015 12:00 pmBlogThings that appear interesting can sometimes just confuse…. Homeless Link carried out research recently among 3000 people sleeping rough and found that women were more likely to use cocaine and heroin than men. (The Guardian reported the story in its inimitable style saying women were more likely to use heroine. Which I suppose is true? Later editions corrected this.) Their research showed that a third of homeless women reported having used heroin in the last month, compared with 28% of men, while 31% of women had taken cocaine or crack cocaine compared with 29% of men. They also found that more women use heroin-substitute methadone than men and there is greater use of other prescription drugs in females. The media coverage onRead More
Hovering Sleeping Pods for the Homeless?
Hovering Sleeping Pods for the Homeless?October 5, 2015 12:00 pmBlogAt the LHF we encourage innovate, even quite unusual, ideas to help the homeless. We know that traditional methods work well and thousands of people have been helped off the street. But we also know that any industry needs to keep moving; keep innovating and trying out new ideas. Some of these ideas might fail, but that doesn’t mean they were wrong to try… So, we were fascinated to read about sleeping pods. These small constructions are designed to be fitted onto the side of existing buildings, and seem to almost float above street level. Cheap, clean and easy to put up, they could be the answer to getting people off the street. They are the idea of James Furzer, an architectural technician from the University of Greenwich. He haRead More
Evolve Housing and Support – Evolving our organisation
Evolve Housing and Support – Evolving our organisationSeptember 21, 2015 12:00 pmBlogOn 7 September 2015 South London YMCA became Evolve Housing and Support. Chief Executive Jeremy Gray explains the changes. Why a name change and rebrand? For most of our 154 year history, our branding as a YMCA has worked well, but society - and the community needs we strive to meet - have changed enormously since our inception in 1861 as Croydon Young Men’s Christian Association. Having seen major growth and expansion over the last few years, we now work both north and south of the Thames with a rich diversity of customers including people of all ages, faiths and backgrounds. Last summer we consulted widely on our brand and name to ensure it truly represents our current work and values. The consultation confirmed it was time to Read More
The London Homelessness Awards: helping create jobs for young people in the Tech for Good industry
The London Homelessness Awards: helping create jobs for young people in the Tech for Good industryAugust 13, 2015 12:00 pmBlogOver 83,000 young people in the UK rely on youth homelessness services for housing every year. Young people facing homelessness are a vulnerable group of people that are four times more likely to be Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) than their peers. With the mooted changes to housing benefit, the sector predicts that all this will just get worse: is there for an app for that?! Well no. But we are working on it – more on that below! At Centrepoint we believe that all young people deserve a home, a job and the skills to get there. The young people we see want to work; to build their skills and experiences and make something of their lives. We believe that everyone deserves a chance, and we support over 8400 young peopRead More
Handing over the aprons, by Dom Gates (Employment and Training Manager)
Handing over the aprons, by Dom Gates (Employment and Training Manager)August 7, 2015 12:00 pmBlog“The London Homelessness Awards in memory of Andy Ludlow exist to recognise and celebrate innovative and sustainable projects that make a difference to homeless people. The Providence Row Catering Trainee Scheme has been shortlisted for the 2015 awards. We asked Dom, one of the workers at the scheme to tell us more about it, and why he thinks it is such a positive programme for people.” Handing over the aprons, by Dom Gates (Employment and Training Manager) When I first started working at Providence Row it was a very different place. Back then we were operating closer to the traditional soup kitchen model, serving breakfast to around 300 people every morning. They used to queue out of the door and around the block to get in. TheRead More
Working with European Partners
Working with European PartnersJuly 27, 2015 12:00 pmBlogThe LHF is proud to support the EU10 initiative. London has some excellent homelessness services and has been tackling the problem of homeless migrants since 8 new Central and Eastern European countries joined the EU in 2004 and had the right to travel to the UK and get work. In January 2014 two more EU countries – Romania and Bulgaria – gained these rights – bringing the total to 10 - the EU10. For the majority it will be a positive experience; reconnecting with friends or family, gaining useful and reasonably paid jobs to build a new life or support folk back home. But for some there will be disappointment, social problems, poverty and possibly homelessness. In 2006 only 6% of rough sleepers were from central or eastern EuroRead More
The Atlas Launch
The Atlas LaunchJuly 14, 2015 12:00 pmBlogThe LHF sponsored sixth annual “Atlas of Services for Homeless People in London” has been launched. The Atlas is put together each by the LHF to examine how the sector is changing. It gives a unique view of what is going on with homelessness service providers, commissioners and other support agencies. The key points from this years work include: • The number of providers continues to shrink slowly but steadily. This year we have seen a merger, a closure and a number of providers leaving the field, which now numbers 122 agencies. • At the same time the number of hostel bed spaces has continued to grow, by nearly 2%. The number of floating support units has also grown by nearly 10%, though the number of support hours may Read More
Help the Homeless
Help the HomelessJuly 2, 2015 12:00 pmBlogThere has been lots of talk recently about how you can actually help the homeless. I don’t think motivation is a problem. People usually want to see an end to rough sleeping, and they generally want to live in a society where people have homes to go to. It is still recognised as a basic right. But what can we do to help homeless people? One London Borough tried to make rough sleeping illegal. Following the principle that if you outlaw it then you solve it, they legislated to make it against the law to sleep on the street. As you would expect they were roundly condemned and made a swift u turn. You can read more here Other people have tried tRead More