Standing up for those without a home through our campaigns and research. Influencing those making policy decisions about homelessness services in Wales.
Campaigning for better homelessness services in Wales
Giving a voice to homeless people by campaigning for better services is a key part of what we do. We also work with local and national government to ensure that laws are made to the benefit of homeless people across Wales.
We are currently looking at a number of issues with a focus on the outcomes of the Welsh Government’s Housing (Wales) Act and the Renting Homes (Wales) Act, seeing how they are effecting people experiencing homelessness in Wales.
We are also paying attention to the UK Government and how their agenda effects homelessness in Wales. Changes to the benefits system, for example, have a knock-on effect which may need to be addressed in a Welsh context. The continuing changes to Housing Benefit are a current area of concern.
You can read more about our current work on our blog.
Our research and reports
Homelessness is a complicated issue with many factors contributing to why someone is without a home. Being homeless impacts on many parts of a person’s life, affecting their health, education and ability to find work, and it can lead to an increase in re-offending for those with a criminal past.
We undertake research with our service users in order to better understand homelessness, as well as commissioning external researchers to undertake larger projects.
We use what we learn to influence those with the power to make lives better for homeless people in Wales by pro-actively suggesting how services can be improved and responding to councils and the Welsh Government when they ask for information.
Rough Sleeping Figures
Rough sleeper counts for South Wales
The Wallich Rough Sleepers Intervention Teams (RSITs) across South Wales provide hot food and drink, humanitarian aid, advice, referrals and routes into accommodation for street homeless people. Our RSITs keep a record of the number of people they see each day.
Monitoring rough sleeping levels is essential to ensure that services are correctly resourced and located to get people off the streets.