UK Homelessness

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...

Four Short Thoughts On Hosting Eritrean Refugees In Our Home

Lauren Medlicott | Posted 22.02.2017 | UK Parents
Lauren Medlicott

I find it funny that I spend so much time researching how to get my baby to sleep through the night (or even more than one hour at a time), how to entertain my bored toddler, how to get them to eat more than bread and cheese, and how to stop breastfeeding. But so much of my parenting expectations are set by society.

Oxford Councillor's Homelessness Jibes Are Indicative of the City's Widespread Attitude Problem

Camilla Barker | Posted 22.02.2017 | UK
Camilla Barker

Anyway... that's my 'disgraceful' pal Jack and that's what he taught me. Maybe he is someone to think about the next time we pretend to receive a call just as we walk past someone on the street, the next time we've 'spent all of our change on the bus', or the next time we elect to remain ignorant of the important role we all have to play in true and meaningful social change.

One In Ten Parents Say 'Broken' Rental Market Harms Their Children

The Huffington Post | Martha Gill | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK Politics

One in ten parents say stressful house moves caused by the UK’s insecure housing market harm their children, according to research by charity Shelte...

'We Are Facing A System In Denial': Hidden Homelessness In UK Is At Crisis Point

Seyi Obakin | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK
Seyi Obakin

Centrepoint's research shows that for each one of those young people we see on the streets, dozens more are sleeping on the sofas of extended family and friends and, in some cases, in the beds of strangers.

I Finally Found My Hero

Tom Cook | Posted 13.02.2017 | UK
Tom Cook

James Bond. Superman. Indiana Jones. When we think of heroes they invariably evoke machismo, dashing good looks and an eye for a dry quip. IRL however...

When Dreams Are Supplanted By Nightmares, Health Flies Out The Window

Rob Atkinson | Posted 03.02.2017 | UK
Rob Atkinson

I read a thoughtful and persuasive article the other day, headlined "Nobody dreams of being homeless". It was about aspiration versus reality; the thi...

Currys PC World Apologises For Sign Informing ‘Tramps’ To ‘Start Looking For A Job’

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 31.01.2017 | UK

Electronics giant Currys PC World has apologised after a sign appeared at one of its stores, warning “tramps” to stop searching through its bins. ...

'Anti-Homeless' Spikes Removed After Mum Enlists Help Of Sons To Cover Them With Cushions

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 05.05.2017 | UK Parents

A mum enlisted the help of her sons to place cushions over spikes erected to deter homeless people resting outside a building in a city centre. A phot...

Simply Opening Up Empty Buildings For The Homeless In Glasgow Will Not Do The Issue Justice

Harry Vizor | Posted 30.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Harry Vizor

It only takes a short walk around Glasgow to see that homelessness is a serious issue in the city. While a 38 Degrees online petition to open the doors of empty buildings to homeless people is a good start, it is a drop in the ocean compared to what is really needed.

A Woman's Ability To Get Help Should Not Depend On Where She Lives

Katharine Sacks Jones | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK
Katharine Sacks Jones

Specialist women's centres are a vital resource for women often when they are at their most vulnerable and most in need of support. It is possible to realise lasting positive change for the thousands of women experiencing multiple disadvantage. But that can only happen if the existing organisations, those already providing holistic women-centred services, are able to survive.

The National Scandal Of Rising Rough Sleeping Shows The Need For A Labour Government

John Healey | Posted 25.01.2017 | UK Politics
John Healey

The Conservatives have no-one to blame for their record on homelessness but themselves. To turn the tide and end the national scandal of rough sleeping, will once again take a Labour government. After seven years of failure, Ministers are set to relaunch their housing policy with a new white paper. Ending the scandal of homelessness must be at the heart of it.