No One Turned Away is calling for every homeless person who approaches their council to get the help they need.

Homeless people in England can be turned away with little or no help by councils if they are not considered a 'priority', even though they have nowhere else to stay.

The Homelessness Reduction Bill, tabled by Conservative MP Bob Blackman and supported by politicians of all parties, aims to change that.

Following pressure from thousands of campaigners the bill passed its final stage in parliament on 23 March and should soon receive royal assent (formal approval by the Queen).

The law will not come into effect immediately, as councils need time to prepare for the changes. Crisis will work with councils, the Government and others to make sure the new law is implemented effectively. You can find out more about what’s in the bill on our blog.

Resources

The Homelessness Reduction Bill in a nutshell

A one page explainer on what the Homelessness Reduction Bill will do.


The Homelessness Reduction Bill

The final draft of the Homelessness Reduction Bill - a private member's bill put forward by Bob Blackman MP.


No One Turned Away

This report sets out how to reform the homelessness legislation. We are calling on MPs to change the law to ensure that no one is turned away when they approach their local authority for help. Our proposals would ensure that homelessness is tackled at a much earlier point, and single people receive a much more robust package of support.

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At What Cost?

Research by the University of York and Crisis uses scenarios based on large scale studies of homeless people to show how intervening to help people when they first become homeless makes good economic sense, saving between £3,000 and £18,000 per person helped.
It’s yet more powerful evidence for our No One Turned Away campaign.

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Eight undercover researchers visited 16 local authorities across England to examine the quality of assistance single homeless people receive from Housing Options and homelessness services.
In over half of the visits (50 out of 87) they received little or no help from local authorities, though in the scenarios they were presenting they had nowhere to stay that evening.

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Nations Apart

This report provides the first ever profile of single homeless people across England, Wales and Scotland. Drawing on interviews with nearly 500 homeless people across 16 local authorities, it shows the reasons people first become homeless and asks what lessons can be learnt from the approaches taken by the different countries.


Homelessness Legislation: an Independent Review

This report, authored by homelessness experts with backgrounds in charities, academia, law and local government, gives clear recommendations of how England’s homelessness legislation can and should be reformed

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News

Latest news about our campaign

Homelessness bill passes final hurdle as numbers in temporary accommodation rise by 10%

Today the Homelessness Reduction Bill cleared its third and final reading in the House of Lords.

BLOG: The Homelessness Reduction Bill clears final hurdle. So what does the Bill do exactly?

In a nutshell, the Homelessness Reduction Bill transforms the help councils are expected to provide to homeless people. It provides new support to people who aren’t entitled to help under the current system.

Crisis calls £50m DCLG homelessness investment 'money well spent'

Crisis, the national charity for homeless people, has welcomed a £50 million Homelessness Prevention Fund

Homelessness bill one step closer to law after crucial parliamentary vote

Today Bob Blackman's Homelessness Reduction Bill passed its crucial second reading in the House of Commons.

Crisis reacts to publication of Homelessness Reduction Bill

Today sees the publication of the final draft of the Homelessness Reduction Bill' - a private member's bill put forward by Bob Blackman MP.

Campaigners meet MPs to call for action on homelessness

MP have been pledging their support for a new law to help tackle homelessness after meeting with campaigners from across the country during a mass lobby organised by Crisis.

Crisis reacts to shocking report on rough sleeping

Homelessness charity St Mungo's has published a new report showing the dangers of rough sleeping and the consequences for homeless people when they are unable to get help from their council.

Crisis responds to new £40m homelessness fund

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has announced a new funding programme for local areas to reduce homelessness.

Influential MPs back crucial homelessness bill

Crisis is calling on the Government to back the Homelessness Reduction Bill following a ringing endorsement by the Communities and Local Government Committee.

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