Policy library

Policy, research and good practice work forms a major part of Shelter's efforts to address and find solutions for homelessness and housing issues. In this section you can browse through the reports, factsheets, briefings and policy consultation responses that we produce.

All policy documents

Full house? How Overcrowded Housing Affects Families

Applicable to: England
Published:  October 2005

This report reveals the often shocking realities of living in overcrowded housing. Read summary and download 

Building Hope: The Case for More Homes Now

Applicable to: England
Published:  September 2005

In this report, Shelter makes it clear that the Government can and must deliver a total of 60,000 extra social rented homes to help ensure that more than 150,000 children are lifted out of bad housing by 2011. Read summary and download 

Policy briefing: Housing Benefit

Applicable to: England
Published:  August 2005

This looks at the way government policy supports, and often fails to support, people on low incomes to meet their housing costs. Read summary and download 

Housing Benefit Strategy

Applicable to: England
Published:  August 2005

This policy briefing contains the findings of Shelter's working group and outlines a strategy for the simplification and administration of Housing Benefit. Read summary and download 

Food for thought: soup-runs and soup-kitchens - a Good Practice briefing

Applicable to: England
Published:  July 2005

This briefing examines the arguments of opponents of mobile food distribution services aimed principally at homeless people, most commonly known as “soup-runs”, and the arguments of those who support them. It concludes that in some circumstances and provided certain conditions are met, such services can have a beneficial impact. Read summary and download 

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