Women’s needs must be a priority in any new Government-wide strategy for tackling homelessness, the charity Agenda has stated today, in response to the Community and Local Government Committee’s homelessness inquiry report.
The report acknowledged Agenda’s written and oral evidence submissions, and the specific and gendered experiences of women who are homeless. It calls on the Government to recognise and meet their needs.
Katharine Sacks-Jones, Director of Agenda, said:
“We welcome the Committee’s wide-ranging and thorough report. The recognition that homelessness and rough-sleeping require a concerted cross-Government effort is particularly timely.
“The particular burden of violence, abuse, and lack of support faced by homeless women is laid out starkly by the Committee, as is the need for tailored women’s services. Only this week we have seen reports of adverts offering homeless women accommodation in return for sex. We know this isn’t new: 28% of homeless women have formed unwanted sexual partnerships just to get a roof over their head.
“To ensure homeless women get the support they need, it is essential that any new Government strategy makes this vulnerable group a priority. We urge the Government to act quickly on the Committee’s recommendations.”
Notes to editors
Agenda is an alliance of more than 60 organisations who have come together to campaign for change for women and girls at risk. We believe society is failing to adequately protect and support women and girls who face the most extensive violence, abuse, trauma and extreme inequality.
We are calling for systems and services to be redesigned with women and girls at their heart so that they can access the support they need to rebuild their lives and reach their full potential. www.weareagenda.org.