Green Book

When Shelter was created by our founders back in 1966, one of them – Des Wilson – wrote what became known as the ‘Green Book’. A report exposing the nation’s housing crisis, it explained how Shelter aimed to end homelessness for good.

Fifty years on

Back then, our founders couldn’t have fathomed there would still be a need for Shelter’s services in 2016. But we’re needed more than ever – and to highlight why, we’ve written a follow up to the Green Book, marking our 50th anniversary.

As Des says: ‘With this follow-up, Shelter again exposes the startling reality of bad housing and homelessness in this country. Once more, it identifies a national emergency. Once more, it calls for emphatic action.’

What does the new report cover?

In our follow-up to the Green Book, we present the results of a mixed-methods research study into the extent of homelessness in England; exploring how families with dependent children experience homelessness, and uncovering what is driving recent trends.

We’ve undertaken new analysis of survey and administrative data, interviews with fifty families who have experienced homelessness, and a survey of Shelter services’ staff. Like our original report in 1966, we looked at a range of homelessness issues in England – but in particular at the problems facing families with children. We also look at their causes, and what we must do to make sure every person has a place to call home.


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