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Four students investigating housing issues and the cost of living receive grant funding

By Lauren Aronin / January 19, 2024

Four final-year students from the University of Birmingham have been awarded grant funding as part of Commonweal Housing’s Jane Slowey Memorial Bursary to conduct their dissertation research on important housing and social policy issues. The successful 2023/24 recipients are Alice Munson, Jessica Nsana, Ellie Ward and Olivia Glenny. Each student received a grant of £2,500…

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Commonweal supports new housing initiatives focusing on criminal justice

By Lauren Aronin / December 18, 2023

Commonweal Housing has agreed to fund four innovative feasibility studies evaluating housing-based solutions to injustices within the criminal justice system. The new partnerships are part of Call for New Ideas 2023: Criminal Justice, established to test new ideas for housing and support models to tackle issues facing vulnerable individuals who have come into contact with…

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Housing barriers impact VAWG survivors journey to recovery and independence

By Lauren Aronin / December 5, 2023

This week marks the second week of ‘16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence’, an international moment to call for an end to violence against women and girls (VAWG), which is a systematic injustice affecting one in three women globally. In the UK, VAWG is rising at an alarming rate. An estimated 2.4 million adults…

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Unsafe and unsuitable standards for families in emergency accommodation, new report shows

By Lauren Aronin / December 4, 2023

A new report by London-based architects Morris+Company, funded by Commonweal Housing, outlines guidance to improve spatial and design standards for emergency accommodation for families with dependent children. The ‘Families in Emergency Accommodation Guidance’ also in collaboration with developers Common Projects and The Magpie Project – a charity supporting mothers and young children in temporary accommodation…

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Commonweal’s Conversation with Trustee Dr Elanor Warwick

By Lauren Aronin / November 28, 2023

In this new series, Commonweal’s Conversations, we’re chatting to the people at the heart of change in our sector. From frontline service users to CEOs, we want to hear everything from what makes them tick, what hope they see for the future of the sector, and what their favourite ice cream flavour is. First up…

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It’s about time young adult carers get rights to ensure they have secure housing

By Alicia Jones / November 23, 2023

Alicia Jones, who has experience as a young adult carer, shares her view on the housing issues facing young adult carers this Carers Rights Day 2023.  Adolescence is meant to be a time to enjoy yourself and do all those stereotypical things people do between 16 and 25; like the first holiday with your friends,…

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