Homelessness in the UK
BBC Midlands Today
A former youth club is going to be turned into a centre to help families in danger of becoming homeless.Copyright: BBC
The site in Erdington, Birmingham, will be run by the Malachi Community Trust, a not for profit, therapeutic family support organisation, and be able to host four families at a time.
The trust has been given £500,000 by Birmingham shopfitters A Edmonds and Co.
"The idea that you have got families with children who are basically homeless and associated with that a whole host of other problems, you can not just walk away from it," managing director David Edmonds said.
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By Jennifer Scott
Political reporter, BBC News
By Brian Wheeler
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The Duke of Cambridge has been volunteering with a homelessness charity helping to pack food bags for rough sleepers.
William joined workers from The Passage on three separate occasions before Christmas and chatted to some of the homeless people being supported. He became royal patron of the London charity in 2019 after first visiting as a young boy with his mother Diana, Princess of Wales.
Diana took him and younger brother the Duke of Sussex to the charity in December 1993, and William has since made numerous public and private visits.
During his volunteering stint before Christmas, the duke worked alongside a team of volunteers preparing hot meals for people who had recently been moved off the streets and into emergency hotel accommodation.
In July he said the UK would "never have a better chance" to "crack" the problem of homelessness thanks to the opportunity provided by Covid-19.
William's comments were made during a visit to a drop-in day centre for Peterborough's homeless community, and he called on society to be a "bit brave and a bit bold" and seize the chance to rehouse people permanently.
The Passage chief executive Mick Clarke said: "This year, more than ever, our army of volunteers have enabled The Passage to keep our vital services running throughout both lockdowns and the time in between.
"From our emergency food hub to fundraising, outreach to essential office support, our Home for Good programme to our residential projects, we are extremely fortunate to have such a versatile and committed group of supporters."
By Amy Woodfield
BBC News, East Midlands
London's emergency shelters are to be opened for homeless people for the next few days, the mayor of London has announced.
Temperatures are forecast to fall below 0C overnight and so the London's Severe Weather Emergency Protocols (SWEP) have been activated to provide shelter for those who are living rough.
It is the second time emergency shelters have been made available this winter. They are to remain open until 26 December.
Sadiq Khan also revealed that Londoner's have donated £13,500 to the mayor’s Winter Rough Sleeping campaign since it was launched on 16 December.
The mayor said: “Homelessness is an emergency whatever the weather – but the pandemic has compounded the risks faced by the most vulnerable Londoners.
"Local authorities, charities and others supporting homeless people have been working tirelessly throughout this crisis and will continue to do so as temperatures fall."
Since Covid-19 more young people are being forced out onto the streets.