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Christian organisations call for new national strategy  to end homelessness
Christian organisations call for new national strategy to end homelessness

Thousands of Christian communities across the UK marked Homeless Sunday yesterday. This annual event in the churches calendar enables Christians to connect, challenge and commit to engaging with those who are homeless in their own local community. As part of this year's campaign, Action and Advocacy: a Christian response to homelessness was published. The statement, coordinated by Housing Justice has been already been signed by the Bishop of Rochester and representatives from many of the church-run homeless charities and groups.

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 Housing Justice Cymru to be ​​launched
Housing Justice Cymru to be ​​launched

At its Board of Directors meeting this morning, it was agreed that Housing Justice would expand its work to create a separate organisation for Wales, named Housing Justice Cymru under the leadership of its first Director, Sharon Lee. The decision by the Board of Directors continues to strengthen the work that Housing Justice is doing across the whole of England and Wales. It is significant that such a decision has been made in its Diamond Jubilee year,

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Head of Housing Justice speaks to Columban missionaries
Head of Housing Justice speaks to Columban missionaries

Columban missionaries in Britain held their AGM this week. Information was exchanged on their work on Mission Awareness, JPIC, Lay Mission, Refugee outreach, Inter-religious dialogue and Cultural Exchange with China. One day was spent on the issue of Housing and Homelessness in Britain and it was led by Alison Gelder, Director of Housing Justice. Alison first explained that Housing Justice is a national Christian organisation which is a Christian voice on housing and homelessness issues.

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 Housing Justice gives cautious welcome to Chancellor's budget pledge for homeless
Housing Justice gives cautious welcome to Chancellor's budget pledge for homeless

As the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Rt Hon George Osborne was unveiling his latest Budget in the House of Commons this lunchtime, a Parliamentary Reception to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of the Catholic Housing Aid Society was being held in the House of Lords. Responding to the announcement in the Budget that this Government has pledged nearly 110 million pounds to support those who are homeless and other agencies, Alison Gelder, Chief Executive of Housing Justice said: "It feels very right for us to be holding

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Homeless Sunday - benefit and video release
Homeless Sunday - benefit and video release

Homeless Sunday, takes place on 24 January. To mark the event, Housing Justice has released an upbeat new anthem on video and mp3 player. The lyrics and music are also also available for download. The song is a great way to make a dedicated Homeless Sunday service come together! The song, 'On the Road Together', written by Alastair Murray from Housing Justice, was recorded at Hinde Street Methodist Church, London last month.

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London: Benefit night for Housing Justice
London: Benefit night for Housing Justice

Homeless Sunday is on 24 January and churches around the country will hold special services and other events, praying for individuals affected by homelessness, challenging the conditions that create it and celebrating work that tackles the problem. In London, a special Housing Justice event takes place on Friday, 22 January from 7.30-11pm. There will be music and poetry from Andy Flannagan, John McClean and the Clan, Razz Poet, Alice O'Brien and Ben Holland.


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 Churches to play vital part in tackling homelessness and housing need
Churches to play vital part in tackling homelessness and housing need

More than 70 people from churches, homeless charities, and others working with people at risk of homelessness met yesterday in Manchester at the Housing Justice Roadshow. The event, Your Church and the Housing Crisis, was held at Salford Cathedral Centre, in partnership with CARITAS Salford and The Booth Centre. In his welcoming remarks, Bishop John Arnold said: "The gulf between the richest and poorest of our communities becomes ever more evident. This speaks loudly and clearly of a fundamental injustice which

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Housing Justice launches new Night Shelter Quality Mark
Housing Justice launches new Night Shelter Quality Mark

Housing Justice launched a new national good practice standard for Night Shelters, the Housing Justice Quality Mark on 12 June, at Carrs Lane Church in Birmingham. The launch is part of the Housing Justice Roadshow, organised in partnership with Thrive Together in Birmingham and the Birmingham Christian Homeless Forum. The event brought together churches, charities, the local authority and others concerned about rising homelessness and housing need, both nationally and in Birmingham.

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Call to be a ‘Church of the poor’ at national J&P meeting
Call to be a ‘Church of the poor’ at national J&P meeting

The National Justice and Peace Network (NJPN) underlined its mission to foster social justice, based on the Church’s Social Teaching, at its quarterly meeting on Saturday at CAFOD’s offices in South London. A talk by David McLaughlin, Senior lecturer in Theology at Newman University, titled “Our Response to Pope Francis’ call to be ‘a Church for the poor’”, and based on the apostolic enhortation Evangelii Gaudium, was enthusiastically received. He stressed that, “private charity can never be enough; the poor also need justice”.

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CSAN reports 20 percent rise in London housing shortage
CSAN reports 20 percent rise in London housing shortage
In the last twelve months, when rents in some London boroughs have risen by 20%, members of Caritas Social Action Network (CSAN) are seeing their service users finding it even more difficult to leave behind homelessness and into their own housing. On average, 32% of people in over 450 homeless agencies identified themselves as ready to move on from hostels and shelters into rented accommodation yet are unable to do so due to a lack of affordable housing. Soaring rents combined with deposit amounts that often require two months’ worth of rent
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Spring Catholic People’s Weeks
Spring Catholic People’s Weeks

Catholic Peoples Weeks has organised seven events during 2014. They vary between two and seven days, on a range of themes. You can consider the nature of the family, or the way rapid changes in modern technology affect our lives; examine the place of scripture in our busy world, or engage with sacred music, or explore what we believe about resurrection.  Two weeks in February and March 2014 are at Boar's Hill near Oxford and Hyning in north Lancashire..

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London: letting agents turn away black tenants
London: letting agents turn away black tenants
Campaigners have expressed shock at the news this morning that some letting agencies in London, are discriminating against prospective tenants on the grounds of race. Under the Equality Act 2010, it is illegal for businesses to refuse to provide a service based on ethnicity. But a BBC undercover investigation by Guy Lynn and Ed Davey has found that a number of firms are prepared to bend the rules. Ten companies told a reporter posing as a landlord they would not let to African-Caribbean people at his request.
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Leading Catholic charities say UK 'cannot afford poverty'
Leading Catholic charities say UK 'cannot afford poverty'
Thirteen leading Catholic charities have voiced their concerns that recent changes to the benefit system, which aim to reduce welfare expenditure, will actually incur significant costs to the public purse as domestic poverty levels rise. In an open letter to the Chair of the House of Common’s Public Accounts Committee, the Chief Executives of the thirteen charities have called upon the cross-party parliamentary committee to investigate the impact of the Government’s welfare reforms upon public expenditure.
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Housing minister attends church conference on homelessness
Housing minister attends church conference on homelessness
Housing Minister Mark Prisk joined representatives from churches and housing organisations from all over the country this week for the 'Mobilising the Church' conference in Bradford, organised by Housing Justice, the national voice of Christian action on housing and homelessness. Many churches are already responding to housing need in their communities. A growing number are opening night shelters and other much needed support for people in need.
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Catholic charities announce Church 'watchdog' on benefit changes
Catholic charities announce Church 'watchdog' on benefit changes
Caritas Social Action Network (CSAN), the social arm of the Catholic Church has today announced that it will be monitoring the effect of benefit changes to ensure that vulnerable families are protected. CSAN has consistently voiced its concern about many of the benefits changes that took effect last month (April 2013) including the introduction of the Under Occupation Penalty and the Household Benefit Cap, abolition of the Discretionary Social Fund and localisation of Council Tax Support.
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The personal impact of Osborne's war on welfare
The personal impact of Osborne's war on welfare
Tell My Story is a new campaign website launching today, to mark the end of Poverty & Homelessness Action Week 2013. At the site people facing the hardship of welfare cuts tell their stories and how they are coping with the changes. With Welfare one of the most hotly debated topics this year, this campaign shows how changes are hurting unemployed, underemployed, sick and disabled people. The benefit squeeze has already hurt vulnerable people in receipt of benefits.
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Report on London: housing crisis - mobilising churches
Report on London: housing crisis - mobilising churches
Christian leaders and organisations involved in action on housing and homelessness have today (Monday 10 December) launched a report on The Housing Crisis in London: mobilising the church. The report follows the conference of the same name organised by Housing Justice, the London Churches Group for Social Action and the Methodist/Baptist/URC Joint Public Issues Team on 10 October, World Homeless Day. This was called in response to the growing shortage of affordable housing in London, now reaching crisis proportions for people on low or average incomes
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Campaign issues alternative manifesto for housing
Campaign issues alternative manifesto for housing
At its National Conference last week the ecumenical campaigning group Housing Justice launched an alternative manifesto for housing. Housing Justice Director Alison Gelder presented the conference with four myths which are barriers to creating the affordable secure housing that our nation needs. 1. We don't need to build more homes - we already have enough to go round. 2. Britain is full - there is no room for more house
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London: Charities call for commitments from candidates ahead of Mayoral Election
London: Charities call for commitments from candidates ahead of Mayoral Election
Fifteen of London’s largest Catholic Charities have called on the mayoral candidates to reaffirm their support for poor and vulnerable in the city. In a letter to the Evening Standard, charity leaders called upon the candidates to develop strategies to protect families and communities affected by welfare changes, and to prioritise disabled Londoners’ right to access public
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Report shows massive rise in number of rough sleepers
Report shows massive rise in number of rough sleepers
Newly published Government statistics show that rough sleeping has risen in England by 23% in the last year. The Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) Statistical Release records 2,181 people as sleeping rough on any one night, up from a total of 1,768 in last year's count. The largest number  of rough sleepers per head of population is in the South of England,
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Talk: No care plan at the inn
Talk: No care plan at the inn
Alison Gelder, Director of Housing Justice will explore the tensions between Christian and statutory responses to the needs of homeless rough sleepers. For example, faced with a rough sleeper on the doorstep, what would Jesus do? How may Christians respond with hospitality to the needs of those on the margins of society?  The free talk will be followed by a brief Q and A and refreshments.
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Housing Justice on award shortlisted for campaign against plans to criminalise soup runs
Housing Justice on award shortlisted for campaign against plans to criminalise soup runs
Housing Justice, the ecumenical campaigning group has been shortlisted for a Liberty Human Rights Award, in recognition of the successful campaign we led against the proposed Westminster Council byelaw which would have made it a criminal offence to give food to people on the streets in Central London. Along with three others, Housing Justice was nominated in the "Close to Home' category.
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Charity opposes criminalisation of squatting
Charity opposes criminalisation of squatting
The ecumenical charity Housing Justice, is opposes the  UK Governments' rushed amendment to the Legal Aid and Sentencing Bill which could criminalise people  squatting in residential property. The measure will be debated on Tuesday 2 November. "Housing Justice is firmly opposed to banning squatting as it will only exacerbate the housing crisis," said  Alison Gelder, Director of Housing Justice. "Research carried out by Crisis
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Westminster drops plans to criminalise rough sleepers
Westminster drops plans to criminalise rough sleepers
Westminster council has shelved plans to make rough sleeping in Victoria an offence, following an extensive public consultation. There was an outcry from homeless charities when the proposals were introduced earlier this year.  The issue of soup runs is still under discussion.
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Catholic agency chief warns of revolution in housing sector
Catholic agency chief warns of revolution in housing sector
Housing Justice director Alison Gelder has warned that changes taking place in the housing sector amount to “a revolution.” Under the planning system envisaged, everything is going to local level. “The neighbourhoods will be dealing with issues like housing and transport. Catholic parishes have a vital role to play at that level
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Liverpool: CAP conference focusses on impact of economic crisis
Liverpool: CAP conference focusses on impact of economic crisis
MARCAP (Merseyside And Region Church Action on Poverty) had a full house for their conference at the Quaker Meeting House in Liverpool during Poverty and Homelessness Action Week. Unsnappily titled “All in this together? Or will inequalities widen?”, the event featured contributions from Alison Gelder from Housing Justice, Niall Cooper from Church Action on Poverty,
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