St Mungo’s welcomes formation of new Commission on Rough Sleeping and Homelessness as a ‘watershed moment’

The charity will provide the secretariat support to the Kerslake Commission Leading homelessness charity St Mungo’s has welcomed the formation of a new independent Commission established to examine and learn the lessons from the emergency response which supported people sleeping rough during the Covid-19 pandemic, describing it as a ‘watershed moment’. Chaired by Lord Bob Kerslake, the Kerslake Commission on […]

St Mungo’s welcomes £105m announcement to keep people rough sleeping safe

St Mungo’s has welcomed the Government announcement today of an additional £105 million to be used to support rough sleepers and those at risk of homelessness into tenancies of their own, including “through help with deposits for accommodation, and securing thousands of alternative rooms already available and ready for use, such as student accommodation.” Dominic Williamson, St Mungo’s […]

‘Lives at risk’ fear from St Mungo’s

Lives will be at risk if homeless people currently housed in otherwise empty hotels are forced back out onto the streets this summer. This is the stark warning from homelessness charity St Mungo’s which has been supporting vulnerable people to isolate since the start of the coronavirus lockdown. Hotels were block booked by local authorities […]

New Government plans are a “welcome step in the right direction”

On Sunday 24 May the Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick MP announced “radical plans to provide thousands of long-term, safe homes for vulnerable rough sleepers taken off the streets during the pandemic.” The announcement said that “this ambitious commitment – the biggest of its kind since the Government’s Rough Sleepers Initiative began – will be backed by £160 […]

‘knocked back’ from life-saving treatment

New research reveals at least 12,000 people experiencing homelessness missed out on vital drug and alcohol services last year. St Mungo’s has declared a health crisis on the streets saying cuts to services have resulted in record numbers of people who are homeless living with, and dying of, preventable drug and alcohol problems. The report […]

Highest year-on-year increase in homeless deaths is a national tragedy

St Mungo’s has said that the latest national figure showing that 726 people died whilst sleeping rough or in emergency accommodation last year is a “national tragedy.” The Office for National Statistics (ONS) released the new 2018 figures today, which show a 22% increase on the figure of 597 people who died in 2017. This […]