The number of people in England who lack a stable home has risen dramatically in recent years — and it is time for the government to address the crisis.
Homelessness and rough sleeping in England has increased by nearly a third
since 2010. In fact, last year alone the total number of households considered homeless jumped by eight percent, with a three percent increase in the number of households lacking stable housing rising by three percent. That's 56,000 English men, women, and children whose security, health and opportunities are limited by inadequate housing.
The government CAN do better. In just nine months, Wales was able to reduce the cases of formal homelessness by two-thirds with the homelessness prevention act that its Labour-led government introduced last April. Similar gains could be achieved in England, but Parliament needs to hear from you! Help reduce homelessness and improve the lives of thousands. Sign this petition now to show your support for a Welsh-style approach to addressing homelessness and rough sleeping in England.
As someone who is concerned with the increasing number of people on England who lack a stable home, I strongly urge you to champion reforms modelled on the homelessness prevention act introduced in Wales in April 2015.
According to Shelter UK’s latest analysis homelessness and rough sleeping subjects 56,000 English men, women, and children to the reduced security, health and opportunities that come with the lack of a stable home.
Fortunately, this is a problem that you have the power to address. According to a recent report in The Guardian, Wales reduced formal homelessness by two-thirds in just nine months by offering practical assistance to anyone who was homeless or at risk of losing their home.
The Welsh approach has the potential to improve the lives of tens of thousands of people. I hope you will do everything in your power to apply this successful model to address homelessness and rough sleeping in England.