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Homeless interrogation

 
July 4th 2010
 

London homeless charity Thames Reach's chief executive Jeremy Swain has told The Pavement that his appearance in front of the Homeless People's Commission (HPC) was 'challenging' but positive overall. The HPC is a year-long project set up by homeless charity Groundswell to allow rough sleepers and service users to have an influence over policies that affect their lives. In one of a series of events due to take place this summer, 18 members - all people who have had experience of homelessness - discussed temporary housing policy with the Thames Reach head. "I had a really good session with the commission," Mr Swain told us. "I did a presentation on hostels and the private rented sector."

"My overall view is that hostels could be far more successful than they are as a route out of homelessness for homeless people, so my presentation was quite critical of hostels."

Mr Swain said the presentation and discussion format allowed for some good ideas to be shared between service users and those who manage homeless policy.

"The commission then broke into small groups, prepared questions and returned to fire some challenging questions at me," he said. "The level of debate was high and these were clearly people who knew their stuff. We chose to differ on some issues."

The HPC is set to continue at a range of different homeless-related events over the summer, at venues up and down the country. At the end of the program, Groundswell is set to produce a report of homeless policy recommendations, based in meetings with homeless people, to the government's Department of Communities and Local Government.

 
 
 

 

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Soup Run Forum

Web only: Emergency Islington shelter remains open during sub-zero temperatures

Chairman of the board

Rest in peace - in memory of lost friends

Prince poses

Starter pack boost

Wearing a jacket to beg?

Teens found guilty of killing Ralph Millward

The Passage withdraws service "as a last resort"

New learning centre for Glasgow

iHobo game causes controversy

Auckland extends ban on rough sleepers

Homeless interrogation

Affordable housing development opens in Edinburgh

Who decides?

Credit unions

New counts are optional

Nobby on stage

I will never forget you, my people

London homeless services in limbo over ?Ǭ£3.28m cuts

Disused night shelter re-opened for winter months

Coventry Cyrenians forced to cut services

London hub success for new rough sleepers

Crisis Skylight in Birmingham - a year on

Residents look ahead to staff upheaval

Midland Heart report

Labour call for hefty council tax levy on empty homes

Stik pic for the American Church

Lottery grant means new opportunities

Mungo?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s launches women?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s campaign

Homeless people forced into slavery

Homeless couple marry in Australia

Number of homeless in Southend underestimated

Basic banking for all

NSNO expands into west London

Scottish homeless applications drop by 19 per cent

Miami cannibal

Invisible People film UK homeless

The demilitarised zone in North America’s drug war

2012 - the year of the right to permanent accommodation in Scotland?

Crisis at Christmas

The Pavement is recruiting

Rough sleeper donates $250 to charity

Food voucher scheme scrapped

Commemorating friends and companions

Human rights for all

First person: Gemskii on regaining control of her life

The shades come off

Upfront: spikes

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Opinion: All up in smoke?

Heartbreak Hotel, episode 4.

The Pied Piper of Housing

March for the Homeless

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The vulnerability ruling

The Queen’s speech

Criminalising homelessness

116-bed hostel for young homeless to close in Southwark

Sponsor a bed and rebuild a life

Hipsters neutralise anti-homeless spikes

What the Brexit will happen now?

Anti-homelessness protesters threatened with eviction, jail by Manchester city council

Showing our impact

Rebirth

The birth of the North Gower Action Group

A pianist, an artist, a dog called George and a new homeless app

Living water

Midwinter blues?

Councils back change in law to tackle rising homelessness

Having problems with your JSA?

Mayoral hustings on homelessness

Skippering

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Liverpool Police homeless curb beggars belief

Charity begins at home?

Legal aid charade

Surviving the streets – by those who've done it

Stop the scandal

Glasgow homeless services at risk

Bill gives councils legal duty to stop homelessness

 

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