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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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Commonweal launches its Call for New Ideas 2022 to support organisations with original housing projects

By Miriam Lawson / February 10, 2022

Commonweal Housing has reopened its partnership programme, Call for New Ideas 2022, inviting not-for-profit organisations working with marginalised groups to submit imaginative and original ideas for housing solutions to social injustices. Commonweal is offering frontline organisations funding, support measures and bespoke property in an effort to work with sector experts to design and deliver housing…

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Our year in numbers and words

By Ashley Horsey / December 22, 2021

At a time when so much in the world seems like hard work and a struggle acknowledging success is important.  We look forward with renewed energy to doing more in 2022.

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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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Commonweal strikes seven partnerships for innovative feasibility studies

By Harry Williams / November 24, 2021

Commonweal Housing has partnered with seven front-line organisations as part of its 2021 Call for New Ideas, the charity’s partnership programme. It has agreed to support and fund the feasibility studies to test the suitability of new innovative models that seek housing-based solutions to social injustices. The new partners are: Homelessness organisation, C4WS Irish Methodist…

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