Sian Berry pledges to "eliminate homelessness" if elected Mayor of London

Monday, 4 April 2016 - 3:39pm

Homeless Link welcomes measures outlined by the Green Party in their manifesto for the London Mayor and London Assembly election in May.

Sian Berry has published her manifesto "The Power of Good Ideas". If elected Mayor on May 5th Sian Berry and her Green Party colleagues standing for election to the Greater London Assembly will “have policies to help deal with the causes of homelessness and we will also provide greater direct support to deal with this immediate and growing crisis”.  

As a member of the Lead London Home campaign, Homeless Link is pleased to see a strong priority to addressing rough sleeping and wider homelessness within this manifesto.

We particularly welcome commitments to:

  • Make sure London has a ‘housing first’ approach to end rough sleeping and include places for at least 2,000 former rough sleepers and people moving on from hostels
  • Set up a Homelessness Board in City Hall, bringing in public services such as the NHS, London Councils, the Metro¬politan Police and specialist services
  • Make sure housing policies form part of an integrated London strategy for improved mental health.
  • Back a new law to prevent people on the streets being turned away by councils and extending the currentl ‘No First Night Out’ pilot
  • Lobby London boroughs and the Government to protect homelessness funding
  • Increase support for asylum seekers and EU migrants at risk of destitution and homelessness.

Rick Henderson, Chief Executive of Homeless Link, said “It is encouraging to see so many of the London Mayoral election manifestos published so far recognising that homelessness is an issue that needs addressing.  We will work enthusiastically with the Mayor and London Assembly members after the election to make homelessness in the capital a thing of the past.”