Lead London Home is a new campaign backed by over 20 homelessness charities in the capital including the 999 Club.
The Mayor of London has major powers on homelessness and substantial budget. Yet last year 7,500 people slept rough on the city’s streets and tens of thousands more are homeless.
London’s a great city. It should lead the world at tackling homelessness.
With elections taking place in May, join the campaign to call on the next Mayor of London to make tackling homelessness a priority.
Homelessness is a devastating experience. The Mayor of London has significant powers on single homelessness, including currently a £34 million budget and the ability to bring boroughs and services together.
The homelessness sector has united to call for six steps that together can make London the greatest city in the world at preventing and solving homelessness. We are calling on the mayoral candidates to commit to take action. The next Mayor of London should:
- Lead a new drive to end rough sleeping, including providing at least 2000 homes and a Housing First programme for former rough sleepers.
- Prioritise homelessness prevention and support calls for a new law so that no one can be turned away by councils to sleep on the streets.
- Increase access to private rented sector housing and tenancy support for people on the lowest income.
- End destitution by working across the European Union to find solutions to EU nationals sleeping on the streets.
- Embed the needs of homeless people at the heart of London’s public services.
- Fight for a better deal for London to mitigate the negative impact of welfare reform on people who are homeless and at risk of homelessness.