Homeless women being failed across the country

6 May 2014

The charity, St Mungo’s Broadway has told the Ministerial Working Group on Homelessness that homeless women are being failed at both the local and national levels across the UK.

They were presenting findings from their recent Rebuilding Shattered Lives report, which brought together more than 200 contributions from charities, academics and homeless women themselves, and set out the issues, good practice and ten recommendations.

The report found that homeless women are among the most traumatised and marginalised people in society; and that more than 10,000 women were in homelessness services in theUK last year, and many more are likely to be ‘hidden homeless’. It highlighted problems such as separation from children, mental and physical ill health, prison sentences, drug and alcohol use and involvement in prostitution, which often stem from trauma following violence and abuse.

Howard Sinclair, St Mungo’s Broadway chief executive, said: “There is much good practice out there, but as this report shows, we also need new approaches. We have to get this right and we welcome the opportunity to demonstrate to ministers that national government has a crucial role to play.”