Teresa met with the housing charity St Mungo’s at the launch of their new report “Home for Good” she also met and spoke with Leo who is an ex client of St Mungo’s who explained how he had manged to get his life back on track after being street homeless.
Rough sleeping has increased by 169% across England since 2010. Recent figures revealed that 7,484 people were seen sleeping rough in London during 2017-18. Teresa joined St Mungo’s in calling on the Government to take action to end rough sleeping for good and to commit to long-term funding for local authorities to deliver homelessness services.
The campaign also calls for more social housing and improvements to make the private rented sector better suited to people who have slept rough. The number of people rough sleeping in England has more than doubled since 2010 and, worryingly, more people than ever are returning to rough sleeping after time away from the streets.
The Home for Good campaign is calling on the Government to end rough sleeping for good by:
- Increasing the number of social homes available to people with a history of rough sleeping
- Improving the private rented sector to better suit the needs of people with a history of
- rough sleeping
- Setting up a new programme to provide guaranteed, long-term funding for homelessness services.
“I am fully support St Mungo’s Home for Good campaign. Homelessness is a scourge that should be purged from the UK. It is not right that people are experiencing homelessness in a modern society. People experience homelessness for a variety of reasons, whether it be because of rising rents or through evictions. It is clear that we need a robust strategy to tackle the issue but a good start would be through providing long-term funding for homelessness services. I would encourage people to read the report https://www.mungos.org/publication/home-for-good-campaign-report/ and support this important campaign”.