The All Party Parliamentary Group on Ending Homelessness (APPGEH) was set up in response to growing numbers of people rough sleeping and upward trends in the number of homeless applications.
Between 2014 and 2016, when the APPG formed, rough sleeping rose dramatically by over 50% (see DCLG statistics). This showed that the current system is not efficient enough at preventing and resolving homelessness. We therefore created the group to tackle this issue. We believe it is vital that the Government recognises this growing emergency.
The APPGEH holds regular meetings with its officers to discuss the issues which proceed and escalate homelessness. It aims to develop the policy solutions which will create lasting change. The Group will also provide a platform for homeless people to engage with Parliamentarians and key sector stakeholders and help inform the political dialogue surrounding homelessness.
Neil Coyle MP (Labour) - Co-Chair
Neil was elected MP to Bermondsey and old Southwark in the last election and has a strong interest in housing. He previously helped ensure that two local tenants’ associations were re-established. He also has significant experience in campaigning for a fairer welfare policy and is an active member of the local community.
Will Quince MP (Conservative) - Co-Chair
Will was elected Member of Parliament for Colchester at the 2015 General Election and sits on the Transport Select Committee. Before entering Parliament, Will practised as a property solicitor and served as a councillor on Colchester Borough Council.
Ivan Lewis MP (Independent) - Vice Chair
Ivan was elected MP to Bury South in 1997. He has served as a Minister of State for Care Services, International Development and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He is currently the Co-Chair of the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Homelessness Action Network.
Mark Prisk (Conservative) - Vice Chair
Mark Prisk is the MP for Hertford & Stortford. A member of the Communities & Local Government Select Committee, Mark takes a close interest in housing & planning, infrastructure and cities. He is Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Smart Cities Group.
Rachel Maskell (Labour) - Vice Chair
Rachel Maskell was elected as the MP for York Central at the 2015 General Election. She currently serves as Shadow Rail Minister and is a member of the Ecclesiastical Committee. As well as an interest in homelessness, she has a strong interest in health and social care. Before her election to Parliament, she worked as a care-worker, physiotherapist and health union representative.
We work with a wide range of sector organisations to ensure the APPG is fully informed on the homelessness debate and the diverse homeless population. We aim to engage a wide range of local organsiations and homeless people in the APPGEH's activites.This collaborative platform allows the group to incorporate homeless voices from across the country into the policy discussion.
The Advisory Group includes St Mungo's, Shelter, Homeless Link, Centrepoint, YMCA, NHF, St Basil's, Housing Justice, Albert Kennedy Trust, Salvation Army, The Passage, Connection at St Martins, Changing Lives, Thames Reach, Depaul, Revolving Doors
The APPG on Ending Homelessness will be holding its Annual General Meeting and launching its inquiry report on rapid response on 9 July, from 15:30 - 17:30, in the Jubilee Room, House of Commons.
Following on from our first-year report on prevention, the APPG for Ending Homelessness’ second inquiry focused on rapid responses to homelessness. Whilst prevention should always be strived for, this may not always be possible. Homelessness is life shattering and creates further problems, from loss of confidence to physical and mental health breakdowns. As such, it is vital that action is taken to find people stable, secure housing as quickly as possible to prevent their support needs escalating and minimise the risk of repeat homelessness.
The inquiry looked at how to resolve homelessness quickly for migrants and young people; cohorts identified as facing significant additional barriers to exiting homelessness. It also considered how rapid rehousing models, which focus on getting people into permanent accommodation as quickly as possible, can be used as an effective approach towards resolving homelessness quickly in the UK.
A culmination of a year’s research and consultation with sector experts and people with lived experience, this report demonstrates that with focused and evidence-based interventions a person’s homelessness can be ended quickly and effectively. It also gives Government and other decision makers carefully thought through recommendations for action.
The launch will bring together people with lived experience, policy makers and experts from across the youth, homelessness and immigration sectors. Speeches will be heard from Co-Chairs of the APPG for Ending Homelessness, Neil Coyle MP and Will Quince MP, St Basils Youth Voice Ambassador Jodie Ward who has experienced homelessness and Crisis’ Director of External Affairs Matthew Downie.
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Meeting agendas and minutes
- 30 April 2018 - minutes (PDF) - Youth homelessness
- 6 March 2018 - minutes (PDF) - Rapid rehousing
- 27 November 2017 - minutes (PDF) - Migrant homelessness
- 28 June 2017 - minutes (Word) - Annual general meeting
- 26 April 2017 - minutes (Word)- How to prevent survivors of domestic violence from becoming homeless
- 26 April 2017 - agenda (PDF) - How to prevent survivors of domestic violence from becoming homeless
- 25 January 2017 - minutes (Word) - How to prevent prison leavers from becoming homeless
- 26 October 2016 minutes (Word) - How to prevent care leavers from becoming homeless
- 28 June 2016 - minutes (Word)
- 9 March 2016 (inaugral meeting) - agenda (PDF)
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