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All-Party Parliamentary Group for Ending Homelessness

We provide Secretariat for this group which is Co-Chaired by Bob Blackman MP and Flo Eshalomi MP. The group brings together key sector organisations and MPs from across the political spectrum. Our purpose is to put homelessness at the top of the political agenda and develop the policy solutions which will help prevent and resolve homelessness for good.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Ending Homelessness (APPGEH) was set up in response to growing numbers of people rough sleeping and upward trends in the number of homeless applications in 2016. 

The APPGEH holds regular meetings with its members to discuss the issues which proceed and escalate homelessness. It aims to develop the policy solutions which will create lasting change. The APPGEH also provides a platform for people with direct experience of homelessness to engage with Parliamentarians and key sector stakeholders and help inform the political dialogue surrounding homelessness.

Find out about our campaign, A Safe Home, which called for everyone homeless as a result of fleeing domestic abuse to have access to a safe, secure home here.

Earlier this year the APPG for Ending Homelessness launched an inquiry into the Westminster Government’s progress towards its manifesto commitment to ‘end the blight of rough sleeping by the end of the next Parliament’ in England by 2024. In September we launched the report findings.

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Chairs and Vice-Chairs

Florence Eshalomi MP

Flo Eshalomi MP - Co-Chair

Flo was elected Labour and Co-operative MP to Vauxhall in 2019. She is a member of the Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Select Committee. Prior to her elections Flo served as a Member of the London Assembly, and as a councillor for Lambeth Borough Council. For more information about Flo please visit Flo's website or follow her on Twitter.

Bob Blackman MP - Co-Chair

Bob was elected Conservative MP for Harrow East in 2010. He is the author of the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017, which places new duties on local authorities to help people facing homelessness.

For more information about Bob, please visit his website or follow Bob on Twitter.

Lord Best - Vice-Chair

Lord Best has been a Crossbench peer who has sat in the House of Lords since 2001. He has extensive experience in the housing and poverty sector, including being Chief Executive of the National Housing Federation between 1973-1988 and Chief Executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation between 1988-2006.

For more information about Lord Best, please visit the UK Parliament website.

Ian Byrne MP - Vice-Chair

Ian was elected as the Labour MP for Liverpool, West Derby in 2019. He is currently a member of the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee and the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee.

For more information, please visit Ian's website or follow Ian on Twitter.

Sally-Ann Hart MP - Vice Chair

Sally-Ann was elected as the Conservative MP for Hastings and Rye in 2019. She is currently a member of the Scottish Affairs Committee.

For more information, please visit Sally-Ann's website or follow Sally-Ann on Twitter.

Stephen Timms MP - Vice-Chair

Stephen Timms has been Labour MP for East Ham since 1994, during which time he's taken on many ministerial roles. In January 2020 he was elected Chair of the Work and Pensions Committee.

For more information about Stephen, please visit Stephen's website or follow him on Twitter.

Baroness Healy of Primrose Hill - Vice-Chair

Baroness Healy has been a Labour peer who has sat in the House of Lords since 2010. She currently is the Deputy Chairman of Committees in the Lords and is a member of the National Security Strategy. Prior to becoming a Peer, Baroness Healy was Chief of Staff to then Leader of the Opposition and a special adviser to several senior politicians, including the Leader of the House of Commons and the Minister to the Cabinet Office.

For more information about Baroness Healy, please visit the UK Parliament website.

Nickie Aiken MP – Vice-Chair

Nickie was elected Conservative MP for Cities of London and Westminster in December 2019. Prior to this, Nickie was leader of Westminster City Council.

For more information about Nickie, please visit Nickie's website or follow her on twitter.

Jason McCartney MP – Vice-Chair

Jason was elected Conservative MP for Colne Valley in December 2019, having previously held this seat between 2010 and 2017.

For more information about Jason, please visit Jason's website or follow him on Twitter.

Ben Everitt MP - Vice-Chair

Ben was elected as the Conservative MP for Milton Keynes North in 2019. He is currently a member of the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee, and Chair of the APPG for Housing Market and Housing Delivery.

For more information, please visit Ben's website or follow Ben on Twitter.

Baroness Thornton
Baroness Thornton - Vice-Chair


Baroness Thornton has been a Labour Peer since 1998. She has held several briefs including Parliamentary Under-Secretary in the Department of Health, is currently Labour's spokesperson for Women and Equalities Issues and Health in the House of Lords.

For more information about Baroness Thornton, please follow her on Twitter.

Members

Stephen Morgan MP, Kim Johnson MP, Liz Twist MP, Henry Smith MP, James Sunderland MP, Caroline Lucas MP, Layla Moran MP, Lyn Brown MP, Matt Western MP, Hywel Williams MP, Neil Coyle MP.

Advisory Group

We work with a wide range of sector organisations to ensure the APPG is fully informed on the homelessness debate and the diverse homeless population. We aim to engage a wide range of local organisations and homeless people in the APPGEH's activities.

The Advisory Group includes St Mungo's, Shelter, Homeless Link, Centrepoint, YMCA, NHF, CIH, St Basil's, Salvation Army, The Passage, Connection at St Martin's, Changing Lives, Glassdoor, Justlife, AKT, The Paper Cup Project, Depaul, Revolving Doors, Shared Health Foundation, the Bevan Foundation, START Homeless Outreach Teams, Expert Link and Action on Empty Homes.

If you would like more information on the APPGEH please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Meeting minutes and resources

Download text versions of the minutes from APPGEH meetings


Is the Government on track to meet its manifesto commitment to ‘end the blight of rough sleeping’ by the end of this Parliament?


The APPG is conducting an inquiry into the Government's manifesto commitment to end rough sleeping. This call for evidence is open from 13 April until 20 May.


The APPG is conducting an inquiry into the Government's mainesto commitment to end rough sleeping. This call for evidence is open from 13 April until 20 May.


The APPG for Ending Homelessness publishes 'Voices of Housing First' report


Watch recordings from sessions and presentations


Members of the APPG for Ending Homelessness are urging the government to continue funding housing first pilots


In the past few weeks reports of domestic abuse have soared. The Coronavirus outbreak has laid bare the extreme dangers that people fleeing domestic abuse face, and has highlighted, now more than ever, the importance of guaranteeing people made homeless in this situation a legal right to safe, settled housing.