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A new campaign called "Ending Homelessness Together" launched earlier this week, started by landlords and supported by the charity Crisis.There are over 200,000 empty properties across England alone, yet according to Crisis there are 170,000 families and individuals who remain homeless.It’s a stark illustration of the scale of the challenge, which a group of leaders, influencers and organisations from within the property, finance and third sectors met to discuss in London on Wednesday.Homelessness is caused by a chronic shortage of social housing and a welfare system that doesn’t cover the true cost of renting which require pragmatic solutions. There isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ panacea, however other countries have made huge strides towards addressing the needs of those who find themselves without accommodation. Finland, for example has significantly reduced homelessness over the last decade, due to implementing their Housing First strategy in 2007.Compared to this achievement, the UK lags far behind. However, inspired by the success of other countries, a dynamic group of individuals are collaborating to design and implement strategies in order to put an end to all homelessness in the UK by 2029. The "Ending Homelessness Together" conference is the brainchild of Steve Bolton, Founder of Platinum Property Partners, who is himself a high net worth property entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist with 15 years’ experience in the sector.Drawing on his vast network of contacts, Steve created an inspiring line up of speakers at the event, including Jon Sparkes, Chief Executive of Crisis, Kevin Cahill, Former CEO of Comic Relief and Founder of Sport Relief, Jeremy Gilley, CEO of Peace One Day and Richard Lambert, Chief Executive Officer, National Landlords Association. An Ambassador for Crisis, Ash, who has experienced homelessness himself, also shared his story (video in footer) on the evening and provided his first-hand perspective of the challenges he faced. We caught up with Steve to find out more about the campaign:
As Steve mentioned in the video, you can show your support either by donating to a homeless charity, or offering your property at LHA rates, or maybe even providing one room in your HMO to help someone get off the streets with the support of Crisis. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to make an offer of accommodation.
If anyone would like to get in touch about becoming more involved or becoming a Philanthropist supporter, please contact email@example.com or call 020 7036 2620 to speak to a member of the Crisis philanthropy team.
Finally, if you feel compelled to donate, please go to the Crisis website donation page. We need your support, thank you.Property Tribes is supporting the event through acting as a media partner and providing video filming facilities and we will be sharing coverage of the event and the campaign on Property Tribes over the coming days, weeks, and months.Please contact Steve Bolton and his team (http://www.stevebolton.com) for more information on how to get involved and pledge your support.SEE ALSO - What causes homelessness in the UK?UP NEXT - Admission that Gov. policy >>> homelessnessDON'T MISS - Homelessness - you ain't seen nothing yet!NOW WATCH:
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Thank you for such positive feedback Paul and also for anything you can do to support the campaign.Here are the other interviews from the night:
The most important aspect of any program aimed at reducing street homelessness is that is has to be a wrap-around service to deal with the multiple issues this group have.The successful Finnish example is 'Housing First' not 'Just Housing' - my fear with all these programs is that the first thing to get cut when budgets are squeezed is the wrap-around services, leaving landlords exposed with vulnerable tenants, potentially making neighbours miserable through their behaviour.
DISCLAIMER just my personal opinion - for legal advice consult a qualified professional grown-up.
Another related piece of this today...
Of course if someone has no documentation they can't have right-to-rent established so have to be refused a tenancy....