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Today, the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government has published its Social Housing White Paper, titled The Charter for…

The impacts of the housing crisis are wide reaching and intersectional: colliding with other social issues like cuts to specialist…

Nine charity experts have come together to draw attention to the links between housing and social injustice, in a new…

Commonweal Housing is an independent charity working to investigate, pilot and champion housing-based solutions to social injustice. Using charitable resources we provide experts and…

Exempt From Responsibility? – one year on from a pathbreaking report

By Dominic Bradley | November 19, 2020

It is almost exactly a year since we published ‘Exempt from Responsibility?’ and held two lively and oversubscribed launch events in Birmingham and London. We were aware before embarking on this research that ‘exempt’ accommodation was a significant issue in Birmingham, but were keen to ensure the growth of this sector, and the drivers for…

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Locked Out episode four: housing for survivors of VAWG

By Megan Fereday | November 18, 2020

Too many women are forced to choose between living with abuse or living on the streets. That’s because the majority of survivors of violence against women and girls, or VAWG, must find a new place to live in order to escape – and safe, stable housing is too often out of reach.   Last year, Commonweal’s…

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Locked Out episode three: housing for Black and minoritised survivors

By Connie Muttock | November 4, 2020

The impacts of the housing crisis are wide reaching and intersectional: colliding with other social issues like cuts to specialist women’s services and a wider environment of institutionalised racism and discrimination. Black and minoritized survivors of violence against women and girls face multiple barriers to safe and secure housing – from discrimination by frontline professionals,…

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Locked Out episode two: housing and the criminal justice system

By Connie Muttock | October 21, 2020

For people in contact with the criminal justice system, access to safe housing is vital to moving onto independent and stable lives. Yet too many people are trapped in a devastating cycle of homelessness and offending. In episode two of Locked Out, a new podcast from Commonweal Housing, we are asking: why is it so…

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Locked Out: a new podcast from Commonweal Housing

By Connie Muttock | October 7, 2020

In the midst of a national housing crisis, it is obvious to most of us that too many people are locked out of safe, secure housing in the UK. But which groups are particularly at risk and why? That’s what we sought to uncover in Locked Out, a new anthology of essays highlighting the links…

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Shared accommodation has a role to play in helping homeless people

By Ashley Horsey | August 24, 2020

We must be cautious about throwing the baby out with the bathwater over talk of ending shared housing for homeless people, writes Ashley Horsey

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Steve Douglas CBE: What I’m taking from nine years on the Board of Commonweal to my role as CEO of St Mungo’s

By Megan Fereday | July 1, 2020

Steve Douglas CBE reflects on his time guiding the work of Commonweal Housing as a Trustee and Chair, as he moves on to lead the homelessness charity St Mungos.

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Move On Up – housing and support for young adult carers

By Nicola Aylward | June 10, 2020

Nicola Aylward (Learning and Work Institute) blogs on the findings of the final evaluation of our Move On Up project for young adult carers.

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Adapting to a crisis: how we’re supporting our clients during Covid-19

By Ben Phillips-Farmer | May 29, 2020

Ben Phillips-Farmer, Support Worker at Elmbridge Rentstart, tells Commonweal how the charity has coped with the challenges posed by the coronavirus crisis and delivered on their clients’ needs.

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We must invest in small charities to support marginalised groups

By Ashley Horsey | May 15, 2020

This article was originally published in Civil Society The new society we build from this crisis must finally put the most marginalised at the centre, and we need the expertise of small specialist charities to make this happen It is difficult to write about looking forward to the post-coronavirus world without slipping into overused phrases…

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