Category Archives: News & Current Issues

News Items that are relevant to homelessness, especially homelessness in Bristol; any issues that are currently hot topics

Pioneering approaches to housing and addressing homelessness

I know Salford is a long way and this is very short notice,  but just in case anyone can go …

“This special event marks the start of a series of events to mark 21 years of the Sustainable Housing & Urban Studies Unit (SHUSU) at the University of Salford. At this event we are bringing together a number of speakers from different backgrounds to share their insights, knowledge and practice related to their contribution to housing and their views on addressing homelessness.”

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/pioneering-approaches-to-housing-and-addressing-homelessness-tickets-33470073892

R4 The Briefing Room: Britain’s Broken Housing Market

The government says the housing market is broken and that it’s holding the country back. As prices have risen, fewer people are able to get on the housing ladder, and more are now renting privately later into their lives. Many argue we’re not building enough new homes. But is that the only problem? David Aaronovitch speaks to a panel of experts to find out and travels to Bristol to see what effect the housing crisis is having on the way people live there.

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Warning About Outbreak of Rare Infection in Bristol

November 2016 –

A warning has been sent round to homeless hostels and to drug and alcohol services about a rare infection which is spreading in intravenous drug users and homeless people in Bristol and a few other areas in the country.

The infection is a specific type of iGAS (invasive Group A Streptococcus) called ‘emm66‘.   Since January 2016, there have been 15 cases nationwide, 6 of which were in Bristol.  The symptoms are:

  • sore throats or mild skin infections such as impetigo;
  • high fever;
  • severe muscle aches;
  • localised muscle tenderness; and
  • redness at the site of a wound.

If you see these symptoms in a vulnerable person, please contact the Health Protection Unit for Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire -telephone 0300 3038162, option 1, option 2 and quote the reference number ‘HPZ170014’.

For more information, please see these two documents: