Homelessness charities to merge?

Two of the country’s largest homelessness charities – Crisis and
Shelter – may merge due to the falling number of people sleeping

Crisis board of trustees chairperson Dave Edmonds said: “With
the end of mass rough sleeping in sight, Crisis is focusing on the
large number of homeless people hidden from view in hostels,
B&Bs and sleeping on friends’ floors.” He added: “It makes
sense for us to work closely with Shelter, building on the good
work they are also doing in this area.” The charities will decide
by 31 October.

Meanwhile, a consultation document on the government’s strategy
on rough sleeping has been launched by the Department for
Transport, Local Government and the Regions. Councils, voluntary
sector agencies and other organisations have until 7 September 2001
to express their views.

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