Ask your local candidates to support our call for a new national rough sleeping strategy

Our next government must make ending rough sleeping a priority.

Ahead of the election on June 8, we are calling on political parties to make a clear commitment to a new national rough sleeping strategy.

You can help make this happen - email your local candidates.

It's not right that anyone should be without a home, and it's nothing short of a scandal that people with mental health problems are stuck sleeping rough.

With rough sleeping on the rise, we need clear leadership and a plan to end rough sleeping.

Your candidates need to know that this issue matters to you.

Please, use this opportunity to ask them to pledge their commitment to a new national rough sleeping strategy.

Dear Candidates

I am writing to ask you whether you will call on your political party leader to make a clear commitment to a new national initiative to end rough sleeping.

With rough sleeping on the rise, there must be strong leadership, and coordinated work across government, communities, health, welfare, police and housing agencies.
 
Research published by St Mungo’s last year showed that at least four in 10 people who sleep rough have a mental health problem, and that people with a mental health problem who sleep rough are 50% more likely to spend over a year on the streets.
 
I support the St Mungo’s Stop the Scandal campaign, which is calling for a new national rough sleeping strategy that delivers:
 
• Mental health assessment and support to people on the street
• Specialist supported housing to aid recovery
• The right support on discharge so that people don’t end up sleeping rough after leaving mental health hospital
 
I want my next MP to be proactive in tackling homelessness and rough sleeping. Will you press your party leader to make a firm commitment to a national rough sleeping initiative?
 
Yours sincerely,
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