Taking action on homelessness

The 2019 3Generate Manifesto asks the Methodist Church to take action on homelessness in local areas. Here are a few websites to get you started...

The Joint Public Issues Team represents the Baptist Union, The Church of Scotland, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church, helping these denominations work together for peace and justice. On the housing page of its website you can download 'A place to call home?', a set of six Bible studies for small group discussion on a range of issues around housing. Also available is 'More than bricks and mortar', a background paper with four 'think-pieces' to help Christians consider how they should respond to the current housing crisis.

Crisis exists to help people to leave homelessness behind for good. Its Homelessness knowledge hub provides information about homelessness trends and the causes of homelessness and its impact. The Everybody in campaign is seeking a complete end to homelessness. Visit the campaign page for a video featuring a range of celebrities reciting a specially commissioned poem, and some real-life stories. Perhaps members of your congregation and others could sign the Everybody in petition?

The Big Issue has a resource page with a wealth of ideas for how your school or youth group can get involved in its work, including education packs and video resources. As with many charities who seek to tackle homelessness, the Big Issue asks youth groups to consider a sponsored sleep out to raise funds to support its work.

Shelter helps people struggling with bad housing, as well as homelessness. Its website has a wealth of schools resources (you may have to register to use some of them).

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