As churches and representatives of Christian homelessness organisations, we acknowledge our absolute dismay at the continued rise in homelessness. In England, numbers in rough sleeper counts have more than doubled since 2010. The 3,569 people most recently recorded represent only ‘the tip of the iceberg’ of the 250,000 who are without access to a proper home, of whom nearly half are children. This is both a personal tragedy for those affected and a political failure which shames our society.
Churches Together Officer appointed as a Co-President for National Christian Housing and Homelessness Charity
The Chair of Housing Justice and Bishop of Rochester, the Rt Revd James Langstaff is delighted to announce that Bishop Dr Joe Aldred, Pentecostal and Multicultural Relations Officer for Churches Together in England and BBC broadcaster has agreed to serve as a Co-President of the organisation.
Significant increase in volunteer hours as churches remain central to offering help to homeless people at Christmas
Nearly 2,000 people were welcomed into church and community based Winter Night Shelters across England and Wales in 2015, according to a new report, published this week (Tuesday 20th December) by the National Christian Homeless Charity, Housing Justice.
Vice President of Methodist Conference announced as President for National Christian Housing and Homelessness Charity
The Chair of Housing Justice and Bishop of Rochester, the Rt Revd James Langstaff is delighted to announce that Ms Rachel Lampard, Team Leader of the Joint Public Issues Team and currently Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, has been appointed as the second President of the organisation.
At its Board Meeting on Friday 2nd December 2016, the Chair of Housing Justice and Bishop of Rochester, the Rt Revd James Langstaff announced that Ms Kathy Mohan, currently Regional Head of Housing for St Mungo's Housing has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of Housing Justice.
Housing Justice response
Newly-appointed Chair of Housing Justice Cymru, the Rt Revd John Davies speaks of his hope that Housing Justice "will be a strong voice for the church to those in government and be a critical friend that never allows housing to fall down the list of political priorities."
with a special reception within the National Assembly for Wales building.
Work is progressing well on a new housing development near Bridgend which will deliver 14 much-needed affordable homes on the site of a former derelict church.