Charter that set the standards and outcomes that all social landlords should aim to achieve when performing their housing activities.
The Charter has seven sections covering: equalities; the customer/landlord relationship; housing quality and maintenance; neighbourhood and community; access to housing and support; getting good value from rents and service charges; and other customers.
The Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee agreed to conduct an inquiry into the progress towards the 2012 commitment in order that it could feed into the preparation for the legal requirement being placed on local authorities.
This approach allowed the Committee to engage positively with local authorities, housing associations, the voluntary sector and the Scottish Government to consider the achievement of the commitment and its impact on homeless people in Scotland.
An independent evaluation of Shelter's Children's Services.
In 2004, Shelter launched its Million Children Campaign to raise awareness of the impact of homelessness on children and families. In response to issues highlighted by the campaign, Shelter made a proactive decision to develop a range of pilot services for children, young people and families, that could test new ways of working to prevent child homelessness and to support children who were already homeless to achieve better outcomes.
Paper that sets out to quantify the costs to government associated with the loss of a home.
These costs can be aggregated and used to make the case for increased funding for preventative measures (so-called 'spend to save' arguments), for the creation of protocols and procedures to reduce the risk of problems leading to loss of home, and to estimate the savings which might arise from such arrangements, as well as to help assess the impact of policy changes.
Research that aimed to investigate the nature and extent of youth homelessness in England, and specifically to find out:
Report that looks at the close link between homelessness and re-offending and how homelessness increases the chances of re-offending.
Paper that summarises findings from four projects examining the interaction between homelessness and other support needs.
It also looks at services for people with complex needs and suggests ways that policy and practice can more effectively tackle homelessness.
Guide that provides an introduction to housing rights for lesbian, gay and bisexual people. It provides information about renting accommodation, people's rights as a tenant and what to do if at risk of becoming homeless or are homeless.
The guide will also be useful if you for a worker or a family member who is offering support to a lesbian, gay or bisexual person.
Document that provides background information on the problem of rough sleeping and outlines government policy on this issue.
Report that draws on evidence from over 80 homeless people who took part in our survey and in depth peer research discussing what ideas within the Big Society mean for homeless people and what some of the barriers might be to their greater participation and inclusion. It looks at new research from the public, sector leaders and St Mungo’s staff (see Appendix for details).