UK Homelessness

No Home, No Chance: Lack Of Housing Stops Women From Turning Their Lives Around On Release From Prison

Jenny Earle | Posted 23.09.2016 | UK
Jenny Earle

This week the Prison Reform Trust and Women in Prison published a new report. It found that a chronic shortage of safe and stable housing for women leaving prison is leading to more crime, more victims and greater use of unnecessary and expensive imprisonment. Six in ten women leaving prison may not have a home to go to on release, and recent prison inspectorate reports suggest that the situation may be getting worse. Vulnerable women, desperate to secure a safe place to stay, are being deemed intentionally homeless and not in priority need. For some, getting sent back to prison seems like the only solution.

Not Many 'Get Well' Cards: Reflecting On Mental Health And Homelessness

Hilary Nightingale | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK
Hilary Nightingale

Mental health problems are often hidden. Unknown to those around them, people may be living with mental illness, whether that's a diagnosis such as schizophrenia or a so-called low level problem like anxiety or depression.

This Charity Has Helped 11,000 Homeless People Make A Fresh Start

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle

“Without Emmaus I would have probably ended up dying on the streets,” says Sean, 56. He’s just one of the 11,000 homeless people Emmaus has help...

This Coffee Shop Is Employing Homeless People

The Huffington Post | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 04.09.2016 | UK

A coffee shop set up to help people affected by homelessness has handed out 300 free meals in just three months. Founded by 21-year-old Julius Ibrahim...

Homelessness Strategy Must Address Root Causes Of Rough Sleeping

Carl Thomson | Posted 31.08.2016 | UK Politics
Carl Thomson

What is also required is a strategy to improve prospects for those already in the homeless system - reducing the length of time that people need to stay in emergency accommodation, and giving them the skills and confidence they need to go back out into the world and live independently.

What happens when you have nowhere safe to stay?

Beatrice Orchard | Posted 19.08.2016 | UK Politics
Beatrice Orchard

Despite the dangers involved, the law currently offers little protection for many facing street homelessness. Current homelessness statute in England effectively provides an 'all-or-nothing' approach where only households meeting restricted criteria qualify, leaving many with no help at all.

This Fashion Brand Is Employing Homeless People To Give Them A Better Life

The Huffington Post | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 17.08.2016 | UK Style

A fashion brand making vegan, sustainable bags from surplus army materials is taking on homeless people to teach them new skills. What Daisy Did has t...

This Student's Chatbot Will Offer Free Legal Aid To The Homeless And Refugees

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 10.08.2016 | UK Tech

It seems there’s no problem that Joshua Browder’s chatbot cannot tackle. First, the Stanford undergraduate programmed the AI assistant to help peo...

These Real Life Lego Houses Are Made Of Waste Plastic And Housing The Homeless

The Huffington Post | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 10.08.2016 | UK Tech

This house might look like it’s made from bricks and mortar, but it’s actually made from plastic. And not just any plastic - waste plastic that’...

When Politics and Economics F*** up, It's Time for Art and Culture to Step-Up

Gia Marie Barbera | Posted 07.07.2016 | UK Entertainment
Gia Marie Barbera

Writer: Tony McBride, adapted from the teleplay by Jeremy Sandford Director: Tony McBride Choreographer: Sarah Levinsky Composer: Ronaldo Fifty yea...

Homeless Ex-Soldier Takes Job Hunt Sign On Tube And Gets The Best Possible Reaction

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 10.06.2016 | UK

A homeless former soldier got the best possible reaction after taking a whiteboard sign on the Tube in a bold attempt at finding work. Bradley Henders...

Homelessness - Accommodating to Lowered Expectations

Dave Clements | Posted 04.06.2016 | UK
Dave Clements

Courtney Cox and David Beckham have recently drawn attention to those sleeping rough (or at least to their part in drawing our attention to them). And rightly too. There were 1,768 people sleeping rough in England in autumn 2010. This more than doubled to 3,569 in 2015.

Teen Who Uses Pocket Money To Feed Homeless Reveals Even Bigger Plans

SWNS | George Bowden | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education

A kind-hearted teen who spends his pocket money on feeding the homeless is seeking funding to open up a soup kitchen - to help feed even more. Hamish...

Refugees Without Refuge: England's Forgotten Refugees

Lisa Doyle | Posted 20.05.2016 | UK Politics
Lisa Doyle

For people who have escaped war, torture and rape; being granted asylum in Britain should be a moment of immense relief; a time to finally stop running and instead to focus on rebuilding their shattered lives.

Can Charities Counter Housing Decisions That Leave Vulnerable People at Risk?

Beth Burgess | Posted 18.05.2016 | UK
Beth Burgess

Thousands of pounds, which might have been spent on B&B accommodation, substance- or violence-related hospital admissions, and re-imprisonment are saved when people are supported to heal and grow with specialist services and safe accommodation.

Thousands Are Sharing This Guy's *Amazing* Homeless Fundraising Appeal

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 11.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education

A 24-year-old phone shop worker from Edinburgh has trounced a fundraising target after his efforts to help homeless people were commended by thousands...

Homeless Women: If a Woman's Place Is in the Home, How Does She Survive Without One?

Sophie Tanner | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK
Sophie Tanner

To my shame, I've never actually considered how a homeless woman's experience might differ from a man's. Mainly because I've never had the misfortune of getting anywhere close to identifying with rough sleepers, let alone considering the gendered issues that arise from being a woman on the streets...

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.