Housing Justice emphasises the importance of advice work

By staff writers
November 17, 2006

Housing Justice emphasises the importance of advice work

-17/11/06

Church-backed homelessness action network Housing Justice yesterday called on the government to recognise the importance of housing advice as it marked the 50th anniversary of the foundation of CHAS, the Catholic Housing Aid Society, one of the organisations that helped form Housing Justice in 2003 ñ reports Independent Catholic News.

Housing Justice Chief Executive Alison Gelder said: "CHAS was founded in 1956 to tackle the problem of homelessness. It pioneered housing advice services through CHAS branches around the country. Independent housing advice is widely acknowledged as being the best means of helping people to avoid homelessness."

Housing Justice was created from a merger of CHAS and CNHC (Churchesí National Housing Coalition). In January 2006 Housing Justice merged with the ecumenical group UNLEASH (Church Action on Homelessness in London).

Since 1956 CHAS and now Housing Justice have worked to offer advice and advocacy to help people solve their housing problems and campaigned for government action to address the underlying problems of homelessness.

Gelder continued: "Over the last 50 years the CHAS housing advice centres have prevented homelessness among many thousands of families and single people through independent housing advice and advocacy. This work continues today with our network of twelve Housing Justice CHAS housing advice centres around the country."

Speaking of the film ëCathy Come Homeí, which came out in 1966, 10 years after CHAS was established Gelder added "In 1966 the then Director of CHAS, Fr Eamonn Casey, noted that Cathy's family could have avoided the misery of homelessness at any one of five points in the story if they had consulted a CHAS housing adviser."

She continued: "If the situation were repeated today Cathy and her family would be rehoused by her local authority housing department but might face months, or even years, in temporary accommodation. We are today calling on the government to build more socially rented homes so that Cathy and her family would not have to suffer in bad housing."

The 50th anniversary of the founding of CHAS will be marked by a Jubilee Mass celebrated by Archbishop Peter Smith at Westminster Cathedral, London SW1 next Monday 20 November, at 17.30.

Housing Justice unites Christians and churches of all denominations across the country to work for change. It enables local groups and churches to provide practical help to people in housing need. At the same time it works for change in housing policies at national and local levels. It does this by embracing partnership with people of all faiths and no religious conviction who share the values of social justice and compassion.

[Grateful acknowledgments to Independent Catholic News]

Housing Justice emphasises the importance of advice work

-17/11/06

Church-backed homelessness action network Housing Justice yesterday called on the government to recognise the importance of housing advice as it marked the 50th anniversary of the foundation of CHAS, the Catholic Housing Aid Society, one of the organisations that helped form Housing Justice in 2003 ñ reports Independent Catholic News.

Housing Justice Chief Executive Alison Gelder said: "CHAS was founded in 1956 to tackle the problem of homelessness. It pioneered housing advice services through CHAS branches around the country. Independent housing advice is widely acknowledged as being the best means of helping people to avoid homelessness."

Housing Justice was created from a merger of CHAS and CNHC (Churchesí National Housing Coalition). In January 2006 Housing Justice merged with the ecumenical group UNLEASH (Church Action on Homelessness in London).

Since 1956 CHAS and now Housing Justice have worked to offer advice and advocacy to help people solve their housing problems and campaigned for government action to address the underlying problems of homelessness.

Gelder continued: "Over the last 50 years the CHAS housing advice centres have prevented homelessness among many thousands of families and single people through independent housing advice and advocacy. This work continues today with our network of twelve Housing Justice CHAS housing advice centres around the country."

Speaking of the film ëCathy Come Homeí, which came out in 1966, 10 years after CHAS was established Gelder added "In 1966 the then Director of CHAS, Fr Eamonn Casey, noted that Cathy's family could have avoided the misery of homelessness at any one of five points in the story if they had consulted a CHAS housing adviser."

She continued: "If the situation were repeated today Cathy and her family would be rehoused by her local authority housing department but might face months, or even years, in temporary accommodation. We are today calling on the government to build more socially rented homes so that Cathy and her family would not have to suffer in bad housing."

The 50th anniversary of the founding of CHAS will be marked by a Jubilee Mass celebrated by Archbishop Peter Smith at Westminster Cathedral, London SW1 next Monday 20 November, at 17.30.

Housing Justice unites Christians and churches of all denominations across the country to work for change. It enables local groups and churches to provide practical help to people in housing need. At the same time it works for change in housing policies at national and local levels. It does this by embracing partnership with people of all faiths and no religious conviction who share the values of social justice and compassion.

[Grateful acknowledgments to Independent Catholic News]

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