2015: Homeless Health Matters
In 2015, our Homeless Health Matters campaign called on local and national health leaders to better understand and meet the health needs of people who are homeless.
Evidence shows that homeless people have some of the poorest health in our society, and often face difficulties in accessing healthcare when they need it.
Supporters asked their local Health and Wellbeing Board to sign our Charter for Homeless Health as a first step towards improving homeless health. We also started a petition urging the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, to prioritise homeless health.
- 12,224 people signed the petition
- 42 Health and Wellbeing Boards around England have signed our Homeless Health Charter – that’s more than 1 in 4
- Plans made by these boards affect the health of a quarter of England’s population: that’s over 14 million people
2014: Reading Matters
Our Reading Matters campaign was calling for basic skills training to be well-funded, suitable and accessible to all homeless people. We published a report, Reading Counts: Why English and maths skills matter in tackling homelessness.
The report shows that people who are homeless have often had a poor experience of school, often connected to unstable and traumatic childhoods. People who lack basic skills are also likely to find it harder to recover from homelessness. Read the full report.
Thank you to the 2,700 campaigners who supported our campaign.
2013: No More
From 2011 to 2013, rough sleeping rose by 31% nationally. In response to this alarming rise, we launched our No More campaign.
No More increases in the numbers of people sleeping rough
No More preventable homelessness
No More suffering on the streets
We published the No More report, which looked at where people go for help before they start to sleep rough and identifies missed opportunities to help people to keep a roof over their heads.
Read about the 13% rise in rough sleeping in London during 2012-13.
2012: Rebuilding Shattered Lives
In 2012 we launched our Rebuilding Shattered Lives campaign, which called on people across the UK to showcase successful services which support homeless and vulnerable women.
We published a report which brought together more than 200 contributions from charities, academics and women with lived experience of homelessness. It sets out the issues, good practice and makes ten recommendations.
The report highlights problems including separation from children, mental and physical ill health, prison sentences, drug and alcohol use and involvement in prostitution. These problems often stem from trauma following violence and abuse.