UK Homelessness

UK Councils Providing Shelter For 120K Homeless Children

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 22.07.2017 | UK

Councils across England are housing the equivalent of an extra secondary school of pupils per month as the number of homeless children in temporary ac...

Provocative Artist 'Sells' London Rough Sleepers For £25k As 'Real-Life Tamagotchi'

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 12.07.2017 | UK
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A Danish artist is attempting to “privatise the homeless” in London by “buying up” the capital’s rough sleepers before selling them as “re...

Right To Home? Homelessness In England's Rural Areas

Charlotte Snelling | Posted 10.07.2017 | UK
Charlotte Snelling

Homelessness is not unique to urban areas, nor is affordable housing supply something which only urban communities need. If we are to tackle England's housing crisis and reduce the number of households becoming and remaining homeless, we need to move away from viewing homelessness as a solely urban phenomenon and give rural areas the attention and support that they need.

Record Rough Sleeping Is A Scar On Our City - As Mayor I'm Determined To End It

Sadiq Khan | Posted 03.07.2017 | UK Politics
Sadiq Khan

There are many reasons why people end up sleeping rough - from mental health issues to family break-ups and drug addiction. There is never going to be an instant silver bullet to fix the problem, which is why I have brought people and organisations together - through my new 'No Nights Sleeping Rough' taskforce - to tackle the root causes of rough sleeping with a number of new solutions.

Queen's Speech: The Government Must Act On Manifesto Promise To End Rough Sleeping

Helena Brice | Posted 21.06.2017 | UK Politics
Helena Brice

This week the new Government set out its priorities in the Queen's Speech, yet unfortunately for homeless people up and down the country, it made no mention of homelessness, despite an election promise to end rough sleeping in England by 2027.

Ignoring Young Voters Is A Gamble Politicians Can No Longer Afford To Take

Seyi Obakin | Posted 20.06.2017 | UK Politics
Seyi Obakin

Politicians have more to do to earn the trust of young people. Metro-mayors, notably Andy Burnham in Manchester, have placed homelessness squarely at the centre of priorities for the city-region. Given the result of the General Election, will any future government want to gamble its electoral success by ignoring voters who will be around for many elections to come?

These Girls Invented A Solar-Powered Tent For The Homeless With No Engineering Experience

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 19.06.2017 | UK Tech

A group of teenage girls from Los Angeles have designed a solar-powered shelter to help tackle homelessness in their local community, after witnessing...

How Do The Disenfranchised Feel About Being Denied The Vote In The General Election?

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 07.06.2017 | UK

Millions of voters will head to the polls on Thursday to cast their vote in the General Election. For those fortunate enough to have their say on whi...

This Is What People Who Can't Vote Want You To Know

The Huffington Post | Eve Hartley | Posted 07.06.2017 | UK

EU Nationals, homeless people and 16-17 year olds are all groups who can’t vote. We asked them who they would vote for and what questions they would...

Why The Tories Are Not My Cuppa

Anastasia Kyriacou | Posted 06.06.2017 | UK Politics
Anastasia Kyriacou

On Thursday, Britain heads to the polls to cast a vote that will determine which political party will shape the next five years. Here is why the Tories are absolutely not my cup of tea...

Addiction - One Of The Many Causes Of Homelessness

Stephen Fear | Posted 05.06.2017 | UK
Stephen Fear

The causes of homelessness are many and, despite common belief, not all are associated with the negative causes of excessive use of alcohol and non-prescription drugs. Undoubtably, many people do fall into homelessness because an addiction occurs. The root cause of this addiction isn't usually drugs or alcohol in themselves but more the circumstances that drive a person to need a prop.

A New Breed Of Politician

Sharon Bull | Posted 22.05.2017 | UK Politics
Sharon Bull

Jeremy Corbyn speaking at Derby August 2016 - picture by Sharon Bull Ashamedly, until a few years ago, I had very little interest in politics. Most e...

Ending Rough-Sleeping

Kate Webb | Posted 19.05.2017 | UK Politics
Kate Webb

No matter who walks through the doors of number 10 we stand ready and willing to work with them to turn around the housing crisis, and give everyone the chance of a safe, stable and affordable home for the future.

Toxic Housing Crisis Fuels A 700% Rise In Families Forced To Live In B&Bs - Here's One Mother's Story

The Huffington Post | Owen Bennett | Posted 12.05.2017 | UK Politics

Looking after an 8-month-old baby is a challenge for anyone, but Dian Walker is finding it tougher than most. The mother-of-two was made homeless six ...

Homelessness Is A Choice - But It's One Made By Society, Not The Individual

Harry Quilter-Pinner | Posted 08.05.2017 | UK
Harry Quilter-Pinner

'A nation's greatness can be measured by how it treats its most vulnerable members'. Or so the maxim goes. Yet walking through the streets of London it is hard not to conclude that, on this basis, Britain is less great than its name would have us believe.

I Lived On Trains For Five Years

Corky Clubman | Posted 20.04.2017 | UK
Corky Clubman

When you feel encased in doom and gloom, you're unable to look out of the window to see what's on the horizon. Crisis is like the window, the light in the attic. Shining the light in the darkness. That is what Crisis is.

Left In Limbo: How Housing Benefit Changes Will Leave Young People Out In The Cold

Richard Hughes | Posted 05.04.2017 | UK Politics
Richard Hughes

While YMCA recognises the ideological premise behind the removal of automatic housing support for some young people with exemptions, it can only have the impact the Government desires with major policy change. That is why we are calling on the Government to take immediate action to address the failings in the policy.

Idris Elba Lays Into Tory Benefit Cuts With Expletive-Ridden Speech During Skepta Gig

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 05.04.2017 | UK

Actor Idris Elba has attacked government cuts to housing benefits for 18-21-year-olds during an impassioned speech at a charity fundraising gig. The ...

Young People At Increased Risk Of Homelessness Because Of Welfare Cuts, Warns Report

The Huffington Post | Owen Bennett | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK Politics

Young people are at increasing risk of being made homeless as the Government’s welfare reforms begin to bite, a report warns today. ‘The Homelessn...

Touching Moment Homeless Man Cries After Hair Salon Transforms His Look

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle

A 55-year-old homeless man was moved to tears after a local hair salon gave him a free makeover - the first step to helping him turn his life around. ...

My Visit To A Place Called Hope

Syed Kamall | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK Politics
Syed Kamall

A few days ago I had the privilege of spending an afternoon at a place that was both informative and inspiring. Appropriately enough, they call it the Hope Centre.

Victimising The Homeless Should Be A Hate Crime

Nick Cartwright | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK
Nick Cartwright

You don't need to have read news reports about the benefits cap, the withdrawal of housing benefit for younger claimants or how jobcentre staff are be...

How My Charity Works With People Sleeping Rough From Non UK Countries

Petra Salva | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK Politics
Petra Salva

Working with migrants who are sleeping rough is challenging and complex work. We often get asked about the approach we take and the partners we work with, in particular what our relationship is with the Home Office in such cases.

Shocking Report Reveals Role Of Homeless Charities In Home Office Immigration Swoops

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK

Prominent homeless charities which aim to help those sleeping rough on London’s streets have been accused of aiding efforts to forcefully deport for...

9,000 Youngsters Could Be Made Homeless By Housing Benefit Cuts, Warns Charity

The Huffington Post | Owen Bennett | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK Politics

Up to 9,000 young people could be forced on to the streets if Theresa May pushes ahead with cuts to housing benefits, according to a homelessness char...