News and events Homelessness should not be a crime Homelessness should not be a crime. But the Vagrancy Act, which goes back to 1824, makes it a crime just to sleep rough or beg in England and Wales. That's why Housing Justice is supporting Crisis, Homeless Link, Cymorth Cymru, Shelter Cymru, St Mungo's and other homeless organisations to call for the Vagrancy Act to be scrapped. The Vagrancy Act does nothing to resolve the root causes of homelessness. In fact, it’s more likely to push someone further from the vital services that help them to move away from the streets. The Government is soon to review the Vagrancy Act, but hasn’t said that they will repeal it – yet. Until they do, vulnerable people will continue to be pushed even further from support. That’s why we’re calling on the UK Government to #ScraptheAct once and for all. Crisis is launching the campaign on June 19. If you wish to support their call you can sign the petition here.