UK Homelessness

No Wonder People Were Surprised By My Results... If You're Economically Deprived, You Don't Do Well in Education

Jacob Lewis | Posted 28.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Jacob Lewis

My name is Jacob Lewis and my story took over A-level results day 2015. I opened my results at approximately 8.30am (cue high-fives and bear hugs with the Principal) and by that evening I was everywhere; newspapers, TV, radio - but why? I accomplished this while being, for all intents and purposes, homeless during the academic year.

People Really Don't Agree With This London Homelessness Poster

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 21.08.2015 | UK

A London borough has launched a controversial poster campaign that advises the public not to give money to those begging on the streets as doing so ma...

Homeless Pupil Who Earned Place At Cambridge Vows To Raise Money For Other Students

The Huffington Post UK | Sophie Brown | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education

A homeless pupil who achieved four A*s and won a place to study law at Cambridge University has ...

Bailiff Evictions Rise Again as Renters Continue to Struggle

Kate Webb | Posted 13.08.2015 | UK Politics
Kate Webb

The number of renting households forcibly removed from their home by bailiffs has increased again over the last year, as part of a 47% increase in families struggling to keep a roof over their head since housing benefit cuts began.

Homeless Pupil Gets Straight A*s And Wins A Place At Cambridge - Ater Spending 12 Hours A Day In The Library

The Huffington Post UK/WNS | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 14.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education

A homeless pupil has achieved four A*s and won a place to study law at Cambridge University after spending 12 hours a day in his sixth-form library. ...

Photographer Who Documents Homelessness Finds Own Father Living On Streets

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 13.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Photographer Diana Kim had spent years documenting the lives of the homeless, but nothing could prepare her for the moment she recognised her own estr...

This Is What Russell Brand Thinks Of Fox News 'Harassing' Homeless People

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 31.07.2015 | UK

Russell Brand has lambasted Fox News for "haranguing and harassing" homeless people on the streets of New York. In his latest, 'The Trews', whi...

Why Giving Money to the Homeless Will Change You

Sara Sheridan | Posted 24.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sara Sheridan

I walk past beggars all the time. I decided I would take out £100 - a small but not insignificant amount of money to me - and that I would give it away to 20 people at £5 a time. I wanted to see how it would make me feel - if it would change me.

Government Housing Policy: A Step in the Right Direction to Solve Housing Crisis

Simon Thomas | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK Politics
Simon Thomas

So, here we are. After months of speculation, manifesto pledges, and - finally - the general election, the new government is in place, and their house...

'Anti-Homeless Spikes' In London Get A Fabulous Makeover

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 20.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle

In recent years, sharp steel studs dubbed "anti-homeless spikes" have cropped up in doorways and building crevices around London. But a group of ar...

'I'm Sick Of Wasting Away'. The Desperate CV Of A Homeless Youth

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education

A handwritten CV, with no address, scribbled on a crumpled piece of paper. It's not exactly professional, but it's the lengths one desperate homeless ...

Job Offers For Homeless Man Flood In After CV Goes Viral

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 15.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Once again, the good people of Twitter have managed to restore our faith in humanity. A young homeless man from Liverpool has been inundated with j...

Budget Won't Create a Youth Homelessness Funding Crisis - We're Already Facing One

Paul Noblet | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Noblet

The aftermath of the Budget will be dominated by talk of who is better or worse off, but will it come too late for some of the most vulnerable people in our society? Support for youth homelessness is not on the verge of a funding crisis. It's already in one.

Man Uses Drone To Give Homeless People A Meal In Incredible Act Of Kindness

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK Tech

An amateur philanthropist has filmed the moment he gave away free hamburgers by dropping them mid-air using a drone. The tech enthusiast was deliv...

Homeless Man Donates Cash To Charity Because He 'Just Wants A Job'

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 03.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Earlier this month, a Canadian homeless man surprised the internet when he handed in a suitcase he found containing $2,400 (£1,223) to police. Mem...

Increase in Young People Rough Sleeping is a Wake-up Call for Politicians

Denise Hatton | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK
Denise Hatton

We see evidence of this in the latest Combined Homelessness and Information Network (CHAIN) report. This report, released yesterday (18 June 2015) by the Greater London Authority (GLA), records the number of verified rough sleepers in London across 2014/15.

Lend a Hand, Learn a Skill, Change a Life - It's Volunteers' Week

Adam Stones | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK
Adam Stones

Volunteering is an enriching, rewarding experience - surely no one can deny that - and it is hugely affirming to read the stories being shared this Vo...

Are You Afraid That You Could Lose Your Home? You're Not Alone

Adam van Lohuizen | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK
Adam van Lohuizen

Last year alone, 360,000 people visited our website, seeking out advice on how to deal with repossession and eviction, representing a 23% increase in visits compared to the year before. In 2014-15, there were over 180,000 claims lodged in the court system to evict households. That's over 180,000 letters from the courts sent to households across England, telling over 400,000 people that court action may be taken to remove them from their home. To put it in context - every hour 50 people are at risk of losing their home. These claims resulted in almost 100,000 renters being forcibly evicted from their homes - the highest level in at least 15 years.

Why I've Started a Petition to Stop Hackney Council Criminalising Rough Sleepers

Zahira Patel | Posted 04.06.2015 | UK
Zahira Patel

In a city where millions are reported to be only one payday away from losing their homes, I don't believe criminalising homelessness is right. We need to convince Hackney Council to reconsider the terms of its PSPO and remove the references to rough sleeping from it.

Thousands Sign Petition To Stop London Council Fining People For Sleeping Rough

The Huffington Post UK | Sophie Brown | Posted 04.06.2015 | UK

An online petition targeting Hackney Council's new plans to fine rough sleepers has picked up more than 65,000 signatures. A Public Space Protecti...

Meet The Teen Mom Who Went From Being Homeless To Graduating With An $80k Scholarship

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Johnson | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education

A teen mum has beaten the odds by graduating first in her class, as well as being awarded more than $80,000 in scholarships for college. Trameka P...

Tesco Employee Raises Money For Homeless Man - So He Can Find A Home While He Has Heart Surgery

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Johnson | Posted 02.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education

A Tesco employee from Dundee has started a fundraising page for her homeless friend, in order to find him a permanent home while he has open heart sur...

A London Where No One's Forgotten - Working Together to End Homelessness

Ivan Massow | Posted 29.05.2015 | UK Politics
Ivan Massow

There's a lot the Mayor of London can do. I intend to double the GLA's current budget for this with money raised through the new Londoners' Fund, which is supported by such measures as the London Lottery and the Hotel Tax

Everybody Loses When Young People Are Out of Work

Denise Hatton | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK Politics
Denise Hatton

If this government is committed to doing this and giving young people a decent start in life, this Queen's Speech needs to first focus on providing them with a safe and stable environment that allows young people the chance to flourish and reach their full potential - to which Housing Benefit plays an important role.

Homeless Man Reunited With Beloved Dog Stolen By Phoney Policeman

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK

A homeless man has been reunited with his beloved pet dog – after she was allegedly stolen by a man posing as a policeman. According to reports,...