To: Alok Sharma MP Minister of State for Housing and Planning

Eliminate UK Homelessness

Eliminate UK Homelessness

Give Local Authorities the power and funds to build 100,000 social homes a year

Why is this important?

In the 21st century, in one of the richest countries in the world we shouldn’t have people who don't have shelter, one of the most basic necessities of human life.
Homelessness is wrong, we should end it now.
I took this video about eight months ago, this lady is still homeless https://youtu.be/DnWwzxcTX-U.
Eliminating homelessness sounds impossible, but it’s not.
This Government report (https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/7596/2200485.pdf) in 2012 identified that there were 40,000 homeless people, both people living on the street and those living in inadequate temporary accommodation. That's a lot of people, too many, but it is less than one person in 1,000, which makes it perfectly manageable. It cost us £1bn a year to keep those people, £25,000 per person. That’s daft, to spend £25,000 a year, about an average salary, and not even manage to provide decent accommodation, in some cases provide no accommodation.
The reason for homelessness is simple, there aren't enough homes. If there were enough homes nobody would be homeless. It is said that homeless people have other problems, issues with drugs, alcohol, mental health, family breakdown, sometimes just bad luck. That is probably true, but it's not a reason why we should add not having a home to their problems. The solution isn't even expensive, in fact in the long run it would save us money. If we built the homes then that £25,000 a year would pay for them in less than ten years, in the long run it would save us money.
There is an international organisation called Housing First http://www.homeless.org.uk/our-work/national-projects/housing-first-england which has pioneered the approach of first providing homes and then supporting people's other needs, it works.
This isn't just about homeless people, it affects us all. Increasing numbers of people have no prospect of buying a home because they are too expensive, the alternative is renting but rents are also steadily rising. A housing shortage helps to fuel the increasingly unaffordable cost of housing for all of us. Homelessness is the sharp tip of an iceberg we’re all scraping against.
Please sign this petition to ask the Government to act to end homelessness.

How it will be delivered

This Campaign is run 100% voluntarily by 2 ordinary guys (Adam and Mark) who, for their own personal reasons, are passionate to help "Eliminate UK Homelessness"

STEP 1 - The campaign is underpinned by a petition aimed to get to 'STEP 1' i.e. a meeting with the UK Housing Minister MP.

STEP 2 - Deliver a REALLY affordable housing solution. One that will be a blueprint for the UK. This requires securing land, financing investment and support services.

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Reasons for signing

  • We are always going to have a percentage of the population who are homeless or vagrant. There is a very small minority who just prefer it that way. But that is by choice. No-one who didn't choose to be homeless should be, whatever the circumstances or hour. The whole situation needs to be turned upon its head. A housing first policy - provide permanant rather than temporary housing for people without - has been shown to eliminate attendant issues, improve lives and reduce overeall costs.
  • I want the government to do something about the housing crisis
  • Those on the streets are often there through no fault of their own and need a helping hand. In a supposedly sophisticated and developed country, nobody who wants to sleep under arood should find themselves in a door way or on a park bench.

Updates

2017-09-08 09:39:37 +0100

2 Week (or there abouts) left until this Petition EXPIRES.....Please share the page and encourage your friends, family, colleagues to SIGN AND SHARE.

If not, then once the deadline is on us ALL the great support you have given will be LOST!

Thank you, None of the Above (Adam) and Mark
https://www.facebook.com/eliminatehomelessness

2017-06-19 18:21:08 +0100

We have (due to the weather getting hotter we think) seen a massive reduction in the number of signatures. The issue of Homelessness is 24/7, 365 days a year - Please share this page on Twitter, Facebook anywhere! If we run out of time (12 months since petition raised) the petition will be invalidated. Thank you so much for all your support! Adam (and Mark)

2017-04-23 18:11:02 +0100

5,000 signatures reached

2017-03-13 19:41:00 +0000

4000 Signatures have been reached! Please keep signing and sharing, we have a way to go to reach the minimum requirement. Thank you!

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2016-12-05 13:50:20 +0000

1,000 signatures reached

2016-10-24 18:22:07 +0100

500 signatures reached

2016-10-22 11:36:34 +0100

100 signatures reached

2016-10-13 18:38:56 +0100

50 signatures reached

2016-10-10 15:12:48 +0100

25 signatures reached

2016-10-09 10:52:30 +0100

10 signatures reached