Ending veteran homelessness

At Community’s biennial delegate conference in 2019, members of the union came together to decide our priorities for the year ahead. Homelessness was an issue that really resonated with the delegates, and they took the decision that it should be a priority campaign for the union.

In the UK today, there are around 320,000 people without a home.

Homelessness comes in many different forms, some people are sleeping rough on the streets while others may be staying on friends’ sofas or staying in a hostel long-term. Of those without a home, 6,000 are men and women who served this country as a member of our armed forces, only to return and be left without a home.

We’re campaigning to end veteran homelessness because we believe that every person has the right to a place they can call home.

Over the coming years we’re going to be campaigning to help homeless veterans and we need your help. Sign up for the campaign email here.

So, what have we been up to so far?

We ran, walked and cycled to raise money for a local charity to help end veteran homelessness and between us we raised over £6,000.

We’ve created a bespoke learning and training offer for veterans which you can see here.

Our veteran member, Reg Gutteridge spoke at Labour Party conference and changed Labour Party policy. Find out more here.

Our members up and down the country have been collecting warm winter clothes, toiletries and other necessities to support veterans. Read their stories here, here and here.

We won the bronze award from the Military Covenant.

Don’t forget to sign up to our newsletter to keep up to date and find out how you can get involved.

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