Tag: Homelessness

Rough Sleepers Task Force launched in city centre

By on 12/07/2017 in Bulletin, News, Partnerships with 0 Comments

Birmingham City Council and West Midlands Police have today (12 July) launched a Rough Sleepers Task Force to bring key organisations together to address city centre rough sleeping. The task force will tackle the increasing numbers of people genuinely sleeping rough in the city and the increasing numbers of people begging and involved in criminal […]

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Lord Mayor of Birmingham’s Lent Appeal

Wednesday March 1st – Thursday April 13th 2017 Lord Mayor Cllr Carl Rice is asking Brummies to help raise money for charitable organisations which provide shelter, food and support to rough sleepers and the homeless. Lord Mayor Cllr Carl Rice said: “Sadly, rough sleeping and homelessness are on the rise both here in Birmingham and […]

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Council welcomes £400k grant for rough sleepers

Birmingham City Council and Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council have successfully bid for £400,000 of government funding to help get people new to the streets the rapid support that they need. The Rough Sleeping Grant will be used to support people by offering them a safe place to sleep, physical and mental health checks and substance […]

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Council welcomes support on homelessness prevention

By on 21/12/2016 in Bulletin, Leader, News with 0 Comments

Today (December 21), the Government has made an announcement confirming financial support to the tune of £1.7million for Birmingham City Council’s efforts to prevent homelessness. Details of the announcement, made as part of the Goverment’s Homelessness Prevention Trailblazer scheme, can be found here. The funding could help up to an additional 9,000 people by tackling […]

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Working together to help rough sleepers

By on 28/11/2016 in Blog, Partnerships with 0 Comments

Acting Strategic Director for Place at Birmingham city Council, Jacqui Kennedy, talks about St Basils’ Sleep Out, sleeping rough and a coordinated approach. On Friday night I joined hundreds of people for St Basils’ Big Sleep Out.  This is an annual event which brings people together to sleep out for the night in plastic covered […]

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Have your say on the homeless and housing advice service

By on 06/01/2016 in Cllr Cotton, News with 0 Comments

Anyone with an interest in homelessness and housing advice is invited to attend one of four public consultation meetings this month. Following the success of the Youth Hub – a specialist homeless service for single young people under 25 years old – the council is proposing to reduce the number of Housing Advice Centres and […]

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New scheme to help the homeless

By on 07/10/2015 in Cllr Cotton, News with 0 Comments

Hear Mark’s story This week sees the launch of a new scheme which aims to coordinate groups that help the homeless in order to provide more effective and targeted support. The Homeless Outreach Accreditation Scheme will be launched on Thursday 8 October and will bring together about 25 voluntary organisations in Birmingham with a shared […]

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Homeless triage car to help rough sleepers

By on 10/09/2015 in Cllr Cotton, News with 0 Comments

A new service has been launched by Birmingham City Council, Birmingham Police and homeless support agencies to help rough sleepers and tackle nuisance begging. The dedicated Homeless Street Triage (HOST) car – introduced on a trial basis on August 17 – will respond to the growing number of calls reporting homelessness, begging and anti-social drinking […]

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Birmingham signs up to Homeless Health Charter

By on 21/01/2015 in Cllr Cotton, News with 0 Comments

Birmingham health bosses have signalled the city’s commitment to understanding and meeting the needs of homeless people by signing up to the St Mungo’s Broadway Homeless Health Charter. Birmingham Health and Wellbeing Board has adopted the charter which aims to improve the lives of some of the city’s most vulnerable people. Cabinet member for Health […]

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Homelessness is a major public health issue

By on 19/11/2014 in Blog, Cllr Cotton with 0 Comments

As he prepares to join the St Basils Big Sleepout, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Cllr John Cotton, highlights homelessness as a major public health issue in Birmingham. If asked to name the biggest public health issues facing Birmingham, most people would correctly identify obesity, smoking, substance misuse and even sexual health. I suspect […]

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