General Article Preventing labour exploitation of people facing homelessness

Topic Selected: Homelessness Book Volume: 398

Based in London, Glass Door coordinates the UK’s largest network of open-access services for people affected by homelessness. In an ordinary year, we provide a safe place to sleep for 175 people every night in our winter shelters. Our ability to assist is based on capacity not on eligibility criteria or local connection. We welcome people as guests, rather than as ‘clients’ or ‘service users’. We offer respect and the idea that all people have dignity and value.

As a result of our open access policy, we meet people in particularly desperate situations, having been either rejected from services on grounds of eligibility, or too frightened and/or dejected by the requirements imposed to access the support they need. Among those are people who need a place to stay after leaving exploitation and/or who are waiting to be accommodated via the National Referral Mechanism (NRM), the UK’s system to support people who have experienced modern slavery.

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