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homelessness

43 petitions

Started 5 days ago

Petition to Nottingham City Council

Social Housing for Lorraine!

WHO IS LORRAINE? Lorraine is a woman with three teenage children who is facing imminent eviction from her private-rented home due to the sale of the house by the landlord. Her eldest child suffers from severe autism and OCD. Her younger children are settled in education here in Nottingham, on courses that can’t be transferred. She has trawled through the list of private rented accommodation but there is nothing suitable. She does not want to put them through the same stressful experience a year down the line. Her family need secure accommodation. SOCIAL HOUSING FOR LORRAINE!Nottingham City Council have proposed emergency hostel accommodation, but this would be totally unsuitable for her disabled son’s needs. His social worker has put in a firm recommendation that the family needs permanent social housing, not temporary accommodation. It has also been suggested that Lorraine should move out of Nottingham: Sheffield, Derby, Birmingham and Stoke have all ben mentioned. We find this totally unacceptable. Lorraine and her family have a human right to a private and family life. Her children have a right to education and social life. Her disabled son has a right to stable living environment and support services that he is accessing in Nottingham. SOCIAL HOUSING FOR ALL!With cuts to housing benefits, rising rents, rising levels of overcrowding and rising homelessness and more, Nottingham is facing a housing crisis. So many people need homes, and yet there are empty houses and long council waiting lists. The solution is straightforward: SOCIAL HOUSING FOR ALL! OUR DEMANDSWe call on Nottingham City Council to find a home for Lorraine and her family. More broadly, the City Council needs to seriously address the issue of homelessness for its citizens.

Nottingham Housing Justice Forum
41 supporters
Started 7 days ago

Petition to Ron Wyden, Jeff Merkley

Reduce homelessness: make Termination of Tenancy Without Cause illegal in Oregon.

Dear Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, We urge you to push for change, and to help us make Termination of Tenancy Without Cause illegal in Oregon. Termination of Tenancy Without Cause is the number one cause of homelessness in Oregon. It hurts the most vulnerable people and families of your state, people like Stephanie Fantastic, who was notified by Bell Real Estate on October 2nd 2017 that her tenancy would be terminated without cause and she would need to find new housing while 9 months pregnant. We find her case to be not only morally wrong but also a flagrant disregard of Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: (1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control. (2) Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection. The treatment of Stephanie and all victims of termination without cause is wrong. We are signing to show you that the international community has taken note of this. Stephanie and her husband are being forced from their home December 1st, 2017 with a newborn and facing the very real risk of homelessness, not to mention unimaginable stress and financial pressure at a time that should be joyous. We will fight for Stephanie and others to be protected from amoral landlords and estate agents. Will you join us?

Jesse Panic
8 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Theresa May MP

Remove my mentally ill brother from the streets & provide him with the treatment he needs

My brother Patrick needs your help. He has been living on the streets of London for since February 2016, battling multiple mental illnesses with a debilitating drug addiction.  Patrick was diagnosed with schizophrenia, bipolar and depersonalisation disorder by various doctors years ago, and has spent the past 12 years self-medicating with alcohol and drugs. After years trying to seek help for my brother and with seemingly no other options left, I started this petition as a public plea to Islington Council and Police to step in. However - after lengthy discussion with services and charities, it has since been made clear that all services are limited with what they can do to help unless he is willing to engage, so I am now asking for a response from the Prime Minister, Teresa May. Theresa May - please address this serious situation and help provide a wider solution to the mental health/addiction/homelessness crisis. Currently the only way that Patrick and most other mentally ill homeless people can access help — is if they decide they are ready to access help. No one in their ‘right mind’ would want to live as homeless drug addict, but Patrick is not in his right mind.  Patrick is at rock bottom as a result of years of failure to address his mental health issues. The once charming, popular and talented young musician has been reduced to a ghost of his former self.  The mental health laws are failing people like Patrick every day. Despite a history of police incidents, hospital admissions and suicide attempts since his teenage years and an extremely long list of unreported incidents, we are unable to move Patrick into full time care as the current laws appear to make this virtually impossible. Now at 29 years old Patrick is living alone on the streets unwilling to accept the help that is constantly being offered to him. But how can someone experiencing mental illnesses be expected to USE that broken mind to decide whether they need help or not? Something urgently needs to change. There has to be the option for us family, friends and indeed members of the public to say — “this person needs help” and for mental health professionals to step in to take them to a place of safety. We shouldn’t have to wait until some terrible incident before we can phone 999 to ask for help. The Mental Health Act needs updating fast — so that it’s easier for family to help someone in Patrick’s position. Currently, under Section 3 of the Mental Health Act**, an application for sectioning would need to be made by an Approved Mental Health Professional or nearest relative within 14 days of seeing Patrick. The application must then be approved by two doctors who have seen him within five days of each other. I’ve been told by charities and social services that sectioning would be almost impossible in Patrick’s case — it’s difficult enough to section someone who is present with a permanent address. And Section 4 requires an ‘emergency situation’ to appear — which is sadly what we’re reduced to waiting for.   We must look towards changing the laws in order to help cater for and support mentally ill, homeless and addicted people who aren’t able to make the right decisions for themselves. Someone needs to be able to step in to make these decisions for them — to take these people off the street and work through their mental/emotional issues with them, integrate them back into society — before it’s too late. Family MUST be given increased rights to help their loved ones - we are the ones who have known them all their lives and have seen them and helped them through all manner of situations. Even once a Mental Health Act assessment is achieved and undertaken, how can that 50 minute assessment with strangers be expected to accurately determine the treatment they require ongoing? After the mental health team at Westminster Court couldn't access my brother's GP records in time for his assessment they would not take into account the history I provided them with - they simply believed him when he denied having mental health issues.  There are hundreds of people on the streets like Patrick — and a many a lot worse than Patrick. Our health services need urgently reevaluating to cater for the mentally ill and those who have become homeless as a result of mental illness — to give them a chance in life that they will otherwise miss out on. I have been informed that due to the area that Patrick is sleeping in, there is no team who can visit Patrick to carry out a Mental Health Act assessment on the street. Patrick's only hope is to be picked up by the police on a 136 if he 'appears' to be mentally unwell and to be referred to services that way. Another flaw in the system. This is a public plea for the the prospective new leaders of country to please step in and provide a solution to the mental health crisis. 'Care in the community' does not work. Mental health teams, drugs/alcohol services, police, paramedics, charities are all overstretched and they are not able to work together to help individuals in crisis. Vulnerable people are slipping through the net, becoming homeless and dying alone on the streets because of 'red tape', lack of funding and the disjointed nature of services. Addiction and mental illness go hand in hand, but dual diagnosis is largely misunderstood and both often mistakenly treated as separate issues. Addiction IS a mental illness and is a result of neglecting to take care of the mind. Those in crisis who ask for help are facing an excruciating wait for treatment. Those who don't believe they have a problem BECAUSE of their mental illness are left with nothing. Patrick's situation is a case study for this.  I implore Teresa May to please address the severe lack of funding and awareness around dual diagnosis cases. Please help implement new measures to prevent such cases developing so frequently and provide solutions for treating the huge numbers already affected. Please consider revising the Mental Health Act to allow families to help their loved ones more easily while increasing funding for their treatment and aftercare and involve families more readily in ongoing treatment communications. Please start treating the CAUSE of homelessness/mental illness/addiction rather than discovering you cannot cope with the effect.  And please help provide a solution to my brother Patrick's current situation. Mental illness is the problem — addiction and homelessness are the symptoms. If you see Patrick on the streets - PLEASE don’t tell him you've seen him on the internet/a campaign/blog etc as he is already paranoid enough and don't tell him to contact me. If you see him - please let me know his whereabouts instead or call 999 in an emergency situation. It was a tough decision to make this public, but I believe the alternative was to simply allow him to die alone on the streets. So I suppose not really a tough decision at all.However - you could tell him you recognise him from his YouTube channel and are a fan of his songs. Right now Patrick's love of music and the ridiculous amount of talent going to waste could be the one thing that inspires him to seek and accept help. Thank you. Find out more about Patrick's story here

Abigail Balfe
96,236 supporters