Blight of empty homes

February 21, 2012
Published on Tuesday 21 February 2012 08:55

There are more than 2,000 empty homes in Preston despite almost 3,000 people waiting on housing waiting lists, new research has found.

According to charity Empty Homes, a total of 30,985 houses in Lancashire, including 2,399 in Preston, were vacant in December, last year.

It comes as figures from housing charity Shelter found there are currently 2,715 people waiting for a home in the city.

Addiction Services how to refer people

February 3, 2012
The new Single Point Of Contact for referring people, or self referring for professional help with addictions, (drugs, alcohol etc) is
Available from 9am until midnight
Tel : 01772 825492
Please make a note of this number and pass the information to colleagues

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The Big Dleep Out Feb 3rd

January 23, 2012
We now have a full team of 12 intending to sleep out to raise awareness and money.

To sponsore the team

lease contact Geoff Tyson at for additional information and sponsorship form. Alternatively, Geoff can be contacted on 07940 473 997


Sponsorship monies should be sent as soon as possible to:


Preston Big Sleep Out c/o Methodist Action, (North West) Ltd

Fulwood Methodist Church, Crossroads Centre

Watling Street Road, Fulwood, Preston, PR2 8EA


Cheques s...

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January 11, 2012



Every year churches across the UK mark the last week of January as Poverty and Homelessness action week.  The national event is

    • Organised by: Church Action on Poverty HousingJustice

and there are some excellent prayer, worship and study resources available for your church on the website at



In Preston this year Central Methodist Church is taking the lead and is being supported in thi...

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January 10, 2012

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New Resources from Housing Justice

January 10, 2012
Housing Justice has produced a number of campaigning resources related to current issues that may be affecting those you are working with. Blueprint for local action gives practical advice on how to support people suffering the consequences of housing benefit cuts and Warning against gangs is a flyer designed to help soup runs to alert homeless people to the issue of gangs kidnapping vulnerable people and forcing them to work for nothing. It is also available in Polish. For more infor...
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December 13, 2011

According to DCLG figures published last Thursday, the number of households accepted as homeless by councils in England has increased by 13%, compared to the same period in 2010.


Particularly alarming is the 35% increase in the number of people becoming homeless because of an end to their short hold tenancy.


Responding to the figures, Jacqui McCluskey, Homeless Link's Director of Policy, said: "We are concerned that this trend will accelerate as the Government’s changes to hous...

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Emmaus open evening 23rd November

November 14, 2011

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Westminster council U-turn saves soup runs for homeless people

November 3, 2011

Controversial plans to outlaw soup runs for homeless people on the streets around Westminster Cathedral in London have been dropped.

Campaigners called the U-turn by Westminster council a victory for common sense, saying that the "draconian" proposals would have made it a crime to give free food to homeless people in parts of the borough.

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New Survey of Homeless People Using Drop In Centres and Soup Kitchens in Preston

October 24, 2011
At the October meeting of the Homeless Forum Greg Smith presented results of a survey carried out at various centres in preston in June 2011

Download powerpoint of results of Homeless Survey 2011
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