UK Homeless

More Brits Are 'On The Edge Of Losing Their Home'

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Politics

Citizens Advice is seeing increasing cries for help from people who are on the edge of losing their home, despite the improving economy. During 201...

Why Can't the Crown Estate Be a Social Landlord?

Nick Mathiason | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Mathiason

The Bureau's trawl of local authority planning documents has established that 24 the 54 developments by the Crown Estate, the Duchies, the Church and Grosvenor fail to meet local affordable housing targets. In other words, Britain's five historic landowners are building in places where there is a recognised need for affordable homes, a requirement for them to meet that need but they often fail to do so.

Why I'm Giving a Voice to the Voiceless

James Davenport | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
James Davenport

We create art with a variety of participants such as homeless or vulnerably housed people, to disabled people. Through workshops, events and performances we provide a platform which offers a voice for the voiceless.

A Fair Deal for the Young and Homeless

Rick Henderson | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK
Rick Henderson

If we want young people to overcome homelessness, society also needs to provide support. In many cases this doesn't just mean having a roof over your head, it also means providing the help someone needs to move into adulthood. Whether this is help to get into education, training or employment, or to overcome other issues such as substance misuse.

Polar Vortex Forces America's Homeless Population To Find Warmth Against Steam Grates

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

As the US shivers through the polar vortex, a blast of frigid air that has toppled decades-old temperature records, those living on the streets face a...

Homeless Man Reunited With Family After Being Spotted In Newspaper Photo

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

A homeless man has been reunited with his family after being spotted in a cold weather picture captured by an Associated Press photographer. Nicholas ...

The IRA, Radiation, Nigel Farage - And the Global Homeless

Alastair Sloan | Posted 01.03.2014 | UK Politics
Alastair Sloan

Globally, there are 100 million homeless. Last week saw some bizarre and disgusting news reported about their fate, which made me think about the wide range of reasons people become homeless, the various fates that await them - and the urgency with which we must safely and affordably house our populations.

Righteous Revolutions: Why You Should Buy the Big Issue NOW

Paul McNamee | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK
Paul McNamee

The Big Issue is still revolutionary. That is quite something for a magazine launched 22 years ago. In 1991 John Bird and the Body Shop's Gordon Roddick set about providing the homeless, those at risk of losing their home and those at the very margins of society with a legitimate means of making a living. This has remained the constant ever since.

Help Leave Nobody Out in the Cold This Winter

Rick Henderson | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK
Rick Henderson

Imagine that tonight you didn't have a home to go to and were forced to sleep rough. It's a pretty terrible proposition. But imagine having to battle the cold winter weather at the same time. Sadly, this is the reality for all too many people in this country.

Why This Christmas Will Be the Busiest Yet for Shelter's Helpline

Liz Clare | Posted 07.02.2014 | UK
Liz Clare

Despite nearly a decade at the other end of the phone, I have never seen the helpline as busy as it is now, and it's picking up every day. We're open seven days a week, 365 days a year, and from morning until night, the phones ring constantly - without fail.

Art Therapy for the Homeless

Katharine Tengtio | Posted 08.12.2013 | UK
Katharine Tengtio

Today on World Homelessness Day many different organisations and advocates will call upon the public to recognise and respond to the condemning statistics of homelessness in London and elsewhere around the world...

Homeless to Face Fines, Imprisonment in Hungary

Kristina Jovanovski | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Kristina Jovanovski

The law, passed late Monday, bans living on the streets in the capital's world heritage sites, which are popular with tourists, and allows local governments to impose their own bans in designated areas.

City Makes Homelessness A Crime

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 26.08.2013 | UK

A US city has approved a plan to evict more than 1,500 homeless people as they are having an adverse effect on local businesses. The vagrants collect...

Number Of Homeless In London Doubles Under Boris

Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.06.2013 | UK Politics

The number of homeless people sleeping rough on London's streets has almost doubled since Boris Johnson became mayor, new figures show. Rough sleep...

Homeless Woman Offered Vouchers For Tent After Applying For Emergency Housing

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 03.06.2013 | UK

A homeless woman who was refused emergency housing by the Isle of Wight council was instead offered vouchers to buy a tent and food. Dawn Martin, 6...

Bring It Home

Caroline Hardie | Posted 09.07.2013 | UK Comedy
Caroline Hardie

Where to start. Why am I writing this? Good question. Is it because I am in the midst of organising a comedy night on the 18th May at the Union Chapel called Bring it Home, with some of the best talent on the circuit today and this is a cynical attempt at PR? Lord no!

Millions Of Britons At Risk Of Losing Their Home

PA | Posted 11.04.2013 | UK

Eight million people are estimated to be just one month's salary away from struggling to pay for their home, a charity has warned. Some 35% of work...

Young Journalist Dies 'From Hypothermia' After Sleeping Rough For Channel 4 Job Application

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.04.2013 | UK

UPDATE: Two men aged 26 and 30 have been arrested in connection with the death of Mr Halpin. Northumbria Police said the men were arrested on suspicio...

Why Everyone Should Get Out of London... Occasionally

Andy Shepherd | Posted 07.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Andy Shepherd

This morning I arrived back to London after a month away. I had been traveling for 48 hours straight. I was a little tired to say the least. I turned on my phone; it was like welcoming an old friend (an old friend that had been relegated to an occasional acquaintance for the last 4 weeks due to international roaming charges). A call came through almost immediately.

Man Found Dead Next To Seafront Pitch And Putt Course

PA | Posted 12.02.2013 | UK

Detectives are investigating the death of a middle-aged man whose body was found next to a seafront pitch and putt course. Police were called to ne...

Boris Pictured Walking Past Homeless Man As He Talks Of 'Vibrance And Glory' Of Croydon

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.01.2013 | UK Politics

Boris Johnson announced that £1bn will be pumped into Croydon on Thursday, in a redevelopment plan that will see a new Westfield set up in the South ...

Why Not Use Bank Fines to Alleviate Poverty?

Leanne Wood | Posted 05.03.2013 | UK Politics
Leanne Wood

Telling us that the deficit is the priority when families are homeless and starving shows a government astonishingly out of touch. It needs to back its early promises, and understand that redistributing money to those that need it from those who don't deserve it (some might even say from perpetrator to victim, in a roundabout way) will demonstrate that this we really are all in this together and that it isn't redundant, dogmatic ideology that is providing the impetus.

Going Soft on Rough Sleepers?

Dave Clements | Posted 03.03.2013 | UK Politics
Dave Clements

Instead of focusing its efforts on the 'vulnerable' margins none too effectively, the mayor and the government need to build - or else create the conditions whereby others build - more houses to meet the historically massive shortfall.

The Spirit of Christmas Ain't Just a Liqueur

Kate Thompson | Posted 20.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Kate Thompson

Christmas... it's not just for children; the true spirit of Christmas is about peace and love. So, with that in mind, I'm not going to offer you style inspiration, this year, on how to make your winter wonderland look even more enchanting, I'd like to give you something else to think about, something - dare I say it - more important.

Helping Everyone In

Rick Henderson | Posted 10.02.2013 | UK
Rick Henderson

Driven by the recession, rough sleeping rose by more than a fifth last year. However, local pilots have shown that, even if more people are arriving on the streets, many can be helped more quickly off them if the public are involved.