Petition seeks legal duty to support single homeless
Crisis is calling for the government to change the law to force local authorities to help single homeless people.
The charity for single homeless people presented a 11,300-signature petition to housing minister Grant Shapps on Tuesday as part of its ‘No one turned away’ campaign.
Under existing homelessness legislation single people are not considered a priority for housing but should get advice and assistance.
Chief executive Leslie Morphy said: ‘It is shocking that in the 21st century there is still no right to shelter - a single homeless person can approach their council for help and be turned away to sleep on the streets.’
The organisation wants to influence the ministerial working group currently drafting a homelessness strategy on prevention, which homelessness charities have criticised for not containing plans to penalise poorly performing councils.
Crisis is calling for a duty on local authorities to give single homeless people written advice, adequate assistance and emergency accommodation when they need it.
The government announced an £18.5 million package to help councils tackle single homelessness last year.
Crisis wants the ministerial working group’s strategy, believed to be out next month, to make clear where this money should be spent and the outcomes expected.