Focus on: Shelter

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The charity that is trying to make sure no one has to fight bad housing or homelessness on their own.


Shelter helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through our advice, support and legal services.  We also campaign to make sure that, one day, no one will have to turn to us for help.


Shelter’s advice page covers these topics: Homelessness, Private renting, Tenancy Deposits, Repossession, Eviction, Benefits and Council Housing.

There is also a list of useful information on this advice page with links for the following: Council help if you’re homeless, Get on the housing register, Claiming Universal Credit, Section 21 eviction, Tenancy Deposit refunds, Responsibility for repairs.


Shelter have a 10 year plan to help with the housing crisis and to make sure that everyone is aware of their rights. See the Video below.


Since 1966 we’ve fought tirelessly to give people a voice.  Last year (2018) was no exception, with our campaigns work influencing the policies of government and other organisations.

Shelter was formed in 1966 by Bruce Kenrick (Founder Chairman) and Des Wilson (Founder Director), in response to the Countries massive housing crisis.

Their vision, along with co-founders Edwin Barker, David Read, Rev. Eammon Casey, and Lewis Waddilove- was to establish on eorganistion to speak for the millions of ‘hidden homeless’ living in overcrowded slums.  This organisation was Shelter.

That same year the BBC screened ‘Cathy come home’  a Ken Loach directed film about a young family pulled apart by worsening housing conditions. [Sound familiar?, here’s the link to last weeks Focus on] Watched by over 12 million people, its impact ensured public empathy and support for Shelter from the very beginning.


Our impact last year (2018), we gave information, support and advice to milllions of people facing homelessness or experiencing housing issues.  We won’t stop until there is a safe, secure and affordable home for everyone.


Shelter have achieved a lot since 1966, including landmark changes in the law, such as Englands Tenancy Deposit Scheme and the groundbreaking commitment in Scotland, that, from 2012, everyone will have a right to a home.

We don’t intend to rest on these achievements, so until there’s a home for everyone we’ll keep fighting.


The swinging sixties are the stuff of legend, but while some never had it so good, three million people were livingin slums.  Shelter was born of the belief that this appalling injustice must be put right.

Fifty years on, the country is in the grip of another housing crisis.  A huge range of people are affected by our current housing shortage, from a generation of young people who can’t afford a house, to those struggling with sub-standard housing.

As we enter our 50th year, 100,000 children are homeless.  So while we will reflect on our achievements, we will only celebrate when everyone has a place to call home.


(source: Shelter)


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