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Commonweal Housing has given evidence to the Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (LUHC) Committee inquiry into exempt accommodation, the underregulated…

Commonweal Housing is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of St Mungo’s CEO and former Commonweal Chair Steve Douglas.…

We’re delighted to be recruiting for three roles in our friendly and professional London team. We’re dedicated to investigating, testing,…

Commonweal Housing has reopened its partnership programme, Call for New Ideas 2022, inviting not-for-profit organisations working with marginalised groups to…

Call for New Ideas: one of the best experiences of my time in the homeless sector

By Aidan Byrne | March 9, 2022

Aidan Byrne, Homelessness Service Manager at successful 2021 Call for New Ideas applicant East Belfast Mission, reflects on his organisation’s journey with Commonweal’s Call for New Ideas: I have worked in the homeless sector in Belfast for over 15 years. For most of this time I have managed Hosford, the homeless service of East Belfast…

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LGBTQ+ people must no longer be the “invisible minorities” of the housing sector

By Miriam Lawson | February 25, 2022

The “invisible minorities” of the UK housing system, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) people have for too long been sat at the margins of homelessness support, with “limited awareness, funding and research on understanding and solving LGBTQ+ housing issues”, according to World Habitat Foundation. LGBTQ+ people are overrepresented in the homeless population, with…

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Breaking barriers into rented accommodation with Freedom2Work

By Ben Phillips-Farmer | December 15, 2021

It’s been an exciting time for us at Rentstart to have been nominated alongside Commonweal for three awards over the last few months. Even to receive the finalist nominations felt affirming for a project that we have put so much effort into over the last five years: one that we hope will grow and replicate.…

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Housing is the heart of recovery for survivors of violence against women

By Miriam Lawson | November 25, 2021

Today marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. It’s one of the most pervasive social injustices we face, in the UK and around the world. Domestic violence affects almost one in three women aged 16-59 in England and Wales and sweeps away the safety and security normally associated with home. This…

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The Nationality and Borders Bill will wash away the last vestige of safety for desperate migrants

By Harry Williams | July 23, 2021

It seems that we are at that point in the Summer season again, where the headlines harbour news of supposed crisis after crisis at the Southern shores of Britain. On Monday, a record 430 migrants crossed the Channel, with frontpages and newsreels splashing images of the jubilant new arrivals. But as the government’s new Nationality…

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Freedom Day: a hollow promise for those with NRPF

By Megan Fereday | July 19, 2021

As coronavirus restrictions lift, vulnerable migrants with NRPF are facing the prospect of returning to life without shelter.

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English and Finnish approaches to homelessness

By Csenge Földvári-Nagy | July 12, 2021

Csenge (Cicy) Földvári-Nagy, recipient of the Jane Slowey Memorial Bursary 2020, blogs on the findings of her outstanding dissertation research at the University of Birmingham’s School of Social Policy.

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Jane Slowey Memorial Bursary: Commonweal is funding the change-makers of tomorrow

By Sarah Ogundu | July 2, 2021

A formidable champion of the charity sector and campaigner who rarely rested, Jane Slowey was at the heart of change in the housing and third sectors. Commander of the Order of the British Empire, Chief Executive of young people’s housing charity The Foyer Federation, and a Trustee to Commonweal Housing, Jane was a driving force…

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Carers Week: let’s re-ignite the energy of the Clap for Carers to deliver meaningful change

By Harry Williams | June 11, 2021

A little over a year ago, our Thursday evenings were routinely marked by a ripple of applause that emanated across the country. It was, at a time of severe but necessary isolation, a striking showing of solidarity and a gesture of support and celebration for the millions of carers and NHS workers in the UK…

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Learning the unexpected: how changed circumstances can present new opportunities for reflection and understanding

By Megan Fereday | May 17, 2021

Ashley Horsey, Leila Baker and Matthieu Lambert come together to share the lessons learned from Enterprise Homes Group’s ‘Roof Space’ project, piloted during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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