Each year Housing Justice join our sister organisation Scottish Churches Housing Action in organising Homeless Sunday. 2018's event will take place on Sunday 28th January. Homeless Sunday is a chance for Churches and Christian groups from across the country join together to pray, reflect and plan practical action on homelessness, but also for a united christian voice to offer solidarity and be a prophetic voice for change.
Homelessness in England is rapidly rising. Being homeless carries significant personal risk; on average, homeless people die at 47, far below the UK life expectancy of 81 years. A homeless rough sleeper is 35 times more likely to attempt suicide than a someone who has never faced homelessness, 13 times more likely to be a victim of violent crime and 47 times more likely to be a victim of theft.
Impossible to measure, there are also some indicators to the scale of hidden homelessness — estimates suggest nearly one in four households have a resident residing in a household against their preference due to lack of other options. 150,000 young people approached their local authority due to housing crisis in the last year. Of these, 26,000 were registered homelessness, yet 50,000 were turned away unsupported.
For more information and service planning material
popular recent storiesAlso in the news
The Methodist PodcastIn this week's podcast we talk about mission and the practicalities of reopening churches, we hear how lockdown has continued for the people of Leicester, learn about buying a new church and hear about services via conference call.https://www.methodist.org.uk/about-us/news/podcasts/.11(Go here to...
Action for Children SundayAction for Children Sunday is on 12 July this year, but you can hold your service whenever you like. Materials are available here to help you to plan a special...
The President's Address to the Methodist Conference 2020The Revd Richard Teal and Carolyn Lawrence were inducted as President and Vice-President at the Methodist Conference (conducted online) on Saturday 27 June 2020. You can see and listen to Richard's address to conference and the wider Methodist Connexion by following the link hereThe full...