UK Homelessness

What I Learned From Sleeping Rough

Imogen Groome | Posted 02.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Imogen Groome

Admitting that you've slept rough is a difficult thing to do. I've found that the stigma attached to the topic is intense. People sometimes look at you in a certain way. They judge you - whether they mean to or not. You can see it in their eyes. An assumption is made about the sort of person you are. To me, that's wrong.

We Need a Change in the Law to Prevent Homelessness and Rough Sleeping

Beatrice Orchard | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK
Beatrice Orchard

When I speak to people who have been homeless about their experience of seeking help from their local council, they often describe feelings of utter frustration and despair. Too many people are not being served by the current legal framework which requires councils to offer accommodation to homeless households, but only in limited circumstances.

We Need to Talk About Empty Britain

Jess Melia | Posted 22.04.2016 | UK
Jess Melia

Having spent the majority of my adult life in Leeds, I've seen the city grow into an incredible place over the last eight years. I've seen Universitie...

How Homeless Dogs Are Now Being Helped By 'Crack And Cider'

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 02.04.2016 | UK

On the streets of London and other UK cities, rough sleepers are an all-too-common sight and a number of them also have canine companions to look afte...

Homelessness Statistics Make Unconformable Reading for Politicians Worried About Welfare Cuts

Jenny Pennington | Posted 24.03.2016 | UK Politics
Jenny Pennington

The weekend was dominated by the political fallout from Iain Duncan Smith's resignation and signs of growing political unease around the latest proposed cuts to welfare. For years we've warned that the government can't just cut away the housing benefit that five million households rely on before building the hundreds of thousands of genuinely affordable homes we need. But could there be signs that the billions taken out of housing benefit in repeated waves are beginning to cause politicians real discomfort?

No-one Can Believe These Anti-Homeless Posters Are A Real Thing In 2016

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 24.03.2016 | UK

A city council has been castigated for releasing "anti-begging" adverts that critics say demonise the homeless. Posters went up across Nottingham thi...

Former Big Issue Seller Marries Woman He Selflessly Helped While Sleeping Rough

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 21.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle

A formerly homeless man has married a woman who he gave money to while he was sleeping rough. Jack Richardson and Toni Osborne tied the knot in a beau...

Hundreds of Children at Risk of Homelessness in One Year

Sir Tony Hawkhead | Posted 18.03.2016 | UK
Sir Tony Hawkhead

I've been fortunate enough to never have to experience the fear of not knowing where I am going to sleep each night, I had a safe, secure and loving childhood and more importantly somewhere that I could always call home. Unfortunately, today, not every child can say the same.

This Homeless Man Is About To Be Repaid For A Selfless Act Of Kindness

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK

A crowd-funder set up by a young woman after she was helped by a homeless man while stranded in late-night London smashed its target on Tuesday. Nicol...

Thousands March In London Against The Government's Housing Bill

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 14.03.2016 | UK

Thousands of people took to the streets in London on Sunday to demonstrate against the Government's Housing and Planning Bill, which could see council...

Over £5,000 Has Been Raised For The Homeless Man Who Helped A Stranded Woman

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 10.03.2016 | UK

A young woman helped by a homeless man when she was stranded in late-night London has set up a crowd funding campaign to repay his act of kindness. ...

When We're Talking About Equality, We Mustn't Forget the Most Marginalised

Katharine Sacks Jones | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK
Katharine Sacks Jones

We've got to get better at reaching all of these women and girls. At recognising the ways in which gender, trauma, poverty, race, and other forms of inequality combine together to trap them. We need systems and services to recognise when women are experiencing these multiple forms of disadvantage, and to provide safe, effective, trauma and gender informed support.

Charities Scold Tory Minister For Saying People 'Choose To Sleep Rough'

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 07.03.2016 | UK

A Tory minister has been condemned for blaming the country's homelessness crisis in part on people "choosing to sleep rough". Charities piled in to...

This Woman Learned A Brilliant Lesson About Humanity When She Got Stranded In London

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 05.03.2016 | UK

When a young woman found herself stranded in central London late at night, she began to panic - only to find herself being helped by the last person s...

It's Time to Stop the Homeless Blaming

Wemmy Ogunyankin | Posted 04.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Wemmy Ogunyankin

Starving people of whatever substance they may be abusing can kill them too. If a homeless person is an addict, they need to be weaned off safely. You cannot be weaned off a drug through starvation, eye rolls and bad attitudes.

Why I'm Convinced David Cameron Should Lead a New Strategy to Stop the Scandal of People Stuck Sleeping Rough

Beatrice Orchard | Posted 02.03.2016 | UK Politics
Beatrice Orchard

It's almost five years since David Cameron set out his ambition to "end the uncertainty, indignity and suffering of rough sleeping" in the government paper 'Vision to end rough sleeping'. This ambition has not been met and the latest statistics provide more evidence that the numbers are moving in the wrong direction entirely.

We need to talk about gambling and its effects on society

Adam Bradford | Posted 01.03.2016 | UK
Adam Bradford

Today marks the launch of Gambling Awareness Month. One entire month that I am going to dedicate to raising awareness of the problems that gambling can cause for individuals and their families.

'Heartless' Man Filmed Throwing Homeless Person's Only Belongings Away

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 23.02.2016 | UK

Footage of a 'vile' man dumping a homeless person's belongings across a busy city centre street has emerged in Manchester. Stunned witnesses filme...

The Homeless Period: Breaking the Silence for Women Without The Tools to Get Through Their Period.

Keely Thorne | Posted 23.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Keely Thorne

The support so far has meant that our donations can do more than provide a short term fix to the problem, but rather we are being able to present shelters with long term supplies of care packages, so that women who otherwise struggled can now plan ahead and equip themselves fully when it comes to this critical aspect of their health.

Police Urge People To Shun 'Beggar', Now Everybody Wants To Help Him

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 17.02.2016 | UK

Calls from police for a man who is "begging" to be shunned and reported to the authorities has led to an overwhelming surge of offers to help him inst...

The Kids Are Not Alright: Homelessness and Its Impact on Children's Mental Health

Alison Mohammed | Posted 17.02.2016 | UK
Alison Mohammed

The shocking effects homelessness can have on a child's mental health can't be overstated. Shelter recently visited a number of primary schools in London where school pastoral workers spoke about the anguish that their homeless pupils go through, and the stories we heard were quite simply heart-breaking.

This Homeless Woman And Her Dog Saved Store Thousands By Bravely Tackling A Burglar

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 13.02.2016 | UK

A homeless woman and her dog who bravely tackled a shop burglar have been hailed as "amazing" for securing the return of thousands of pounds worth of ...

Tampons or Food?

Jodie Louise Connor | Posted 10.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Jodie Louise Connor

TOTM is a campaign we have set up which intends to raise donations of sanitary products, baby wipes and clean underwear for women facing homelessness in and around Manchester City Centre. Lack of access to sanitary products might only be a small part of the daily challenges that homeless women face but I don't think we can underestimate the value of allowing women to maintain their comfort and dignity.

We Need a Housing Bill That's Fair for All

Lord Victor Adebowale | Posted 02.02.2016 | UK Politics
Lord Victor Adebowale

We need a housing bill that supports stability, recovery, progress and independence... We talk about people caught in the 'revolving door' syndrome of recovery and relapse. Having a place to call home can make all the difference in breaking that cycle for good.

A New Study Links Homelessness to Imprisonment

Helen Crewe | Posted 27.01.2016 | UK
Helen Crewe

The majority of research which links homeless and imprisonment focuses on women leaving prison. The prison service has recognised within their policy documents that issues relate to having or maintaining a house to return to.