Brotherhood of St Laurence

An obstacle course : homelessness assistance and the right to housing in England / Amnesty International

By: Amnesty International
Publisher: London, U.K. : Amnesty International UK, 2022Description: 89 p. PDFSubject(s): Housing | Homeless | Homelessness | Disadvantaged GroupsOnline Resources: Website
List(s) this item appears in: New Book List 2022
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England’s affordable housing crisis has left a rising number of people without safe or adequate homes. This report examines the law that governs homelessness in England and highlights key policy decisions that have led to thousands of people being denied housing support by the state. It identifies gaps between the UK’s international human rights commitments and domestic law and policy. People experiencing homelessness face an often terrifying and isolating ordeal. The stock of social or affordable housing remains too low. The private rental market seems to offer a way out, but with rising rents and brutal benefit cuts those living in poverty find themselves excluded from affordable housing. For this report, Amnesty International researchers spoke to people trapped in precarious living situations because they did not meet eligibility criteria for long-term housing. Navigating the obstacle course of England’s housing system leaves those most vulnerable to abuse and exploitation at risk of homelessness. Without housing it is nearly impossible for them to access other rights. For too long, homelessness has been explained as the failure of the individual to cope with the stresses and strains of life. It is high time that we see it for what it is: a failure of the state to guarantee equality of opportunity, equal access to essential services to all and to ensure that no one is left behind. Includes bibliographical references PDF available on website..

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