No Going Back campaign success
During this pandemic, St Mungo's has been part of the national effort to help thousands of people off the streets and into hotels to keep them safe. Since March 2020, across the country, almost 15,000 people sleeping rough or at risk of rough sleeping were temporarily housed.
But the Government only gave local authorities enough money to book the hotels for 3 months and, by May, there were real fears that they would all have to close at the end of June. That's why we launched our No Going Back campaign to call on the Government to ensure that no one would be forced back on to the streets.
We wanted the Government to make sure that everyone isolating in hotels would be supported to move into the right accommodation for them, whether that's a specialist hostel or permanent housing.
And we were successful! After nearly 3,000 campaigners wrote to their local MPs to ask them to raise the issue with the Prime Minister, the Government announced an extra £105 million to keep the hotels open and support the people living there into homes of their own.
The Government has also made more money available to provide 3,300 homes this year, with support, for people who have been helped off the street during the pandemic.
This is a massive campaign win for No Going Back and it is thanks to our campaigners that it has happened.
But this money alone won't end rough sleeping. Which is why we will continue to campaign to make sure that everyone can get the long-term housing and support they need to leave the streets behind for good.
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Our No Going Back campaign calls
We called on the Government to guarantee that no one would be forced out of their emergency accommodation without being offered suitable alternative housing. And for councils to be given the funding they need to make this happen.
This meant urgently increasing funding for Housing First, floating support and supported housing services so that extra help is available to those who need support to avoid losing their home.
Women sleeping rough are at high risk of physical and sexual violence, so they need safe, secure housing with the right support to escape abuse for good.
LHA rates should be increased to cover the cheapest 50% of private rented properties in each area, and lift the Benefit Cap so people moving on from hotels can afford private rented housing.
Continue to pay for housing for people with no recourse to public funds who would otherwise return to rough sleeping.
Without this it is practically impossible for people to secure a income by sorting out their immigration status or finding work.