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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.…

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…

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.

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.

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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