The true scale of people dying at the hands of exploitative landlords requires urgent attention 

By Lauren Aronin / April 25, 2023

Harrowing figures from the annual homeless count from the Museum of Homelessness paint a bleak picture of the reality facing vulnerable homeless people, with someone now dying every 6.5 hours on average.  Last year, 1,313 people died while homeless across England and Wales. This is a 20 percent increase on the previous year when the…

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Move on Up and Young Carers Action Day 2023

By Lois Gallagher / March 15, 2023

Lois Gallagher, Move on Up Housing and Support Manager, reflects on the theme for this year’s young carers action day: ‘make time for young carers’. Move on Up is a property-based pilot project, in partnership with Quaker Social Action and Commonweal Housing, providing housing alongside empathetic and specialist support for young adult carers. This blog was originally…

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We want to be part of the conversation

By Felix Stochaj / February 14, 2023

Felix Stochaj, Artist and Specialist Youth Worker at Project Future, explores how creative projects and art can provide innovative therapy for young people fleeing homelessness, violence and crime. “You don’t know what it’s really like unless you have been there”. This is the experience of young people accessing housing services after fleeing violence and crime. …

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A united sector must fight the hardwired immigration injustice

By Sue Lukes / February 1, 2023

Sue Lukes from MigrationWork was in the team that evaluated our NRPF Project, and wrote this call to action on migrant destitution based on research by MigrationWork colleagues Elizabeth Balgobin and Alexandra Bulat. All of us, housing providers, charities, advisers, local authorities and those we serve, struggle to understand and to deal with the intertwined…

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Fighting to reform the exempt system has been battling, but the Bill may be the win we want

By Harry Williams / November 25, 2022

A lot can happen in a year. A webinar series, an open letter to the Government, an All-Party Parliamentary Group meeting, a Westminster Hall debate, publication of the pilot reports, a Select Committee inquiry, more than a hundred pieces of written evidence, three sessions of oral evidence, a Ministerial Statement, a Policy Advisory Group, a…

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Call for New Ideas: Our relationship with Commonweal goes far beyond the bricks and mortar

By Sean O’Connell / October 7, 2022

Sean O’Connell Chief Executive Officer at successful 2021 Call for New Ideas applicant Adab Trust, reflects on his organisation’s journey with Commonweal’s Call for New Ideas: The Adab Trust has a proven track record of achieving remarkable outcomes with young people from a range of disadvantaged backgrounds. We recognise that the development of a young…

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