UK Homelessness

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.

Big Issue Seller Repays Kindness For Stranger Who Always Buys Him Coffee

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 30.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle

A Big Issue seller has warmed hearts everywhere by repaying the kindness shown by his favourite customer. Daniel Collins sells the magazine in Glas...

England Needs More Security in Our Housing Market, Not Less - The Government Should Re-think Its Approach to Council Tenancies

Campbell Robb | Posted 26.01.2016 | UK Politics
Campbell Robb

We must learn from the past. The last generation of mass council house building included some ugly monolithic estates that did not meet people's aspirations, as well as some better designs. The next generation of low-rent homes need to look like any home you'd see on an ordinary street, and work for the same people who live on those streets.

Persuade, Bully or Cajole the Government? However They Do It, London's New Mayor Can Solve Our Youth Homelessness Crisis

Paul Noblet | Posted 25.01.2016 | UK Politics
Paul Noblet

Today the Capital's streets are in crisis - the number of under-25s sleeping rough in one of the richest cities in the world has more than doubled since the last mayoral election. Whoever succeeds Boris Johnson in May won't just have the platform to express concern and talk about change, they'll have the power, the public support, and a multi-million pound budget to work with London's boroughs to make homelessness and rough sleeping a thing of the past. But how should they do it and where should they start?

Murder Inquiry Launched After Homeless Salford Man Found In Burning Tent

The Huffington Post UK | Steven Hopkins | Posted 21.01.2016 | UK

Police have launched a murder investigation after a homeless man was found in a burning tent, having suffered "a number of injuries". Daniel Smith,...

Hidden Violence Is Blighting Women's Lives

Katharine Sacks Jones | Posted 18.01.2016 | UK
Katharine Sacks Jones

This holistic response, from frontline to specialist support, is what Agenda has been formed to campaign for. We can't keep consigning these women to lives of abuse and exclusion. More than three-quarters of the 1.2million women affected by this kind of abuse are mothers: for their sake and that of the next generation of girls, we've got to start getting this right.

How This Woman's Simple Act Of Kindness Saved A Homeless Man's Life

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 14.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle

"I wanted to kill myself today. Because of u, I now do not. Thank u, beautiful person." Those were the words that a homeless man called Chris wrote...

The Homeless In Wales Have Just Been Given A 'Lifeline'

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 13.01.2016 | UK

An innovative programme designed to get homeless people in Wales off the streets has been launched. StreetLink's scheme will allow concerned passer...

Kindhearted Stranger Offers Shivering Homeless Man His Shirt And Hat

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 12.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle

A man has filmed the moment a stranger gave a shivering homeless man a shirt and hat to keep him warm. Lazaro Nolasco, 21, was travelling on a trai...

This Tweet Nails Boris' Failed Vow To End Homelessness In London

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 01.01.2016 | UK Politics

Mayor Of London Boris Johnson has been called out on Twitter for a promise he made to end homelessness in the capital by 2012 after it was revealed th...

Here's What It's Like To Be Young And Homeless At Christmas

The Huffington Post UK | Chloe Kerr | Posted 25.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Thousands of young people across the United Kingdom are facing spending Christmas in shelters, B&Bs or on the streets as the housing crisis worsens. ...

Small Is Spectacular

Dr Michelle Drage, MBBS, FRCGP | Posted 23.12.2015 | UK
Dr Michelle Drage, MBBS, FRCGP

My Christmas pledge. I will continue to make the case for tackling health inequalities and highlighting policies which promote the inverse care law, and I will continue to be a beacon for the case that the wider determinants of health and wellbeing are fundamental to health and general practice, where relationship continuity is a paramount. Will you join me?

109,000 Reasons for the Government to Build More Affordable Homes

Kevin Garvey | Posted 22.12.2015 | UK Politics
Kevin Garvey

Homelessness is fast becoming an unwelcome Christmas tradition. New government figures, released last week, show that the number of children in Britain who face waking up homeless this Christmas has reached a staggering 109,000, as homelessness across the country continues to rise.

Michael Sheen Is Fighting To Stop 'Scared, Hungry' Homeless Teens Being Housed In B&Bs

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 21.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Actor Michael Sheen has launched a petition urging the Welsh Government to stop housing homeless teenagers in bed and breakfast accommodation - many o...

People Donate Clothing To Homeless At 'Walls Of Kindness' In Iran

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 21.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle

'Walls of kindness' have started springing up over Iran, allowing people to donate clothing for the homeless. The walls, which simply have a few ho...

Jeremy Corbyn Joins George Clooney To Ask You To Help Feed The Homeless This Christmas

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 17.12.2015 | UK

Jeremy Corbyn has joined forces with the likes of George Clooney and Nicola Sturgeon by backing a campaign to help feed refugees across Europe and hom...

Homelessness - It Isn't Just for Christmas

David Taylor | Posted 16.12.2015 | UK
David Taylor

You see, homelessness isn't just for Christmas. That man outside your railway station with a cardboard sign, that you are suspicious about, will still be there in the New Year. But then so will the faith groups, silently, below the surface. Homelessness isn't just for Christmas, neither is caring about it.

Students From Bristol Organised A 'Hipsters And Homeless' Fancy Dress Themed Party

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 15.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Students at Bristol University thought it would be a great idea to put on a "hipsters and homeless" fancy dress party - but were forced to change the ...

Homelessness Being Fuelled By Benefits Sanctions - Report

The Huffington Post UK | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 10.12.2015 | UK Politics

One-in-five people made homeless in the last year were forced onto the streets after the Government stripped them of welfare payments, a survey has cl...

Homeless Woman Cries In Stranger's Arms After Being Given A Meal

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 10.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A photo of a homeless woman breaking down in tears after being given a meal has touched the hearts of thousands online. The photo was posted on Fac...

Have We Grown Numb?

Jasmine Luby Barrow | Posted 07.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Jasmine Luby Barrow

Imminent threats of terrorism are currently at the heart of concern in both the western and third world. In Britain, we are still mourning the loss of innocent lives, close to home in Paris.

Step Up for Britain's 100,000 Homeless Children With #SlippersForShelter

Campbell Robb | Posted 03.12.2015 | UK
Campbell Robb

Shockingly, 100,000 children will wake up homeless on Christmas morning this year. Thankfully these children aren't on the streets, but living in temporary accommodation means they don't have a stable, safe place to call home. Not a single child should be homeless - let alone at Christmas. But sadly, the numbers are only getting worse.

The Life-Changing Power of a Smile

Charlotte Cramer | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK
Charlotte Cramer

I rearranged my scarf to cover my nose; pulled my fingers out of my gloves and curled them into my palms, making a fist. "It's freezing...it's freezin...

Some 'Tampon Tax' Funding Must Help the Most Excluded Women

Katharine Sacks Jones | Posted 25.11.2015 | UK Politics
Katharine Sacks Jones

George Osborne is already coming under fire for using the 'tampon tax' to fund women's charities, particularly those responding to abuse. Many are (rightly) asking whether women should have to pay tax on essential items to fund the services that help them escape abuse predominantly perpetrated by men. But despite these concerns, more money for chronically underfunded women's services is welcome. Now we must look at how we spend it.