UK Homelessness

When Making It to 40 Is a Privilege

Adebisi Alimi | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK
Adebisi Alimi

We are kicking our kids out; we are turning our backs on them and rejecting the builders of the future mainly because we could not understand their sexual orientation or gender identity. Homelessness creates a state of vulnerability for these young people and makes them easy prey for malicious adults.

Stop Youth Homelessness Before It Starts

Rick Henderson | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Politics
Rick Henderson

We believe that schools and other agencies working with young people could play a key part in the prevention of homelessness. Education about the realities of being homeless, as well as early identification of young people most at risk could make a significant difference.

Sandy Has A Degree In Computer Science. He's Also Homeless. This Is His Story...

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Meet Sandy. He's from Austin, Texas, he's homeless and he's about to show you exactly what it's like to live on the streets. Despite appearances, S...

Using One Million War Dead To Hock Groceries? Merry Sainsbury's Christmas Everyone

Shaughan Dolan | Posted 14.11.2014 | UK
Shaughan Dolan

The World War One Centenary is a time to reflect one of the biggest wastes of human lives in the 20th Century. Why it happened, the lives it destroyed and how future wars can be averted are important lessons for our age. The ceramic poppies at the tower of London - 888,246 of them, each representing an extinguished human life - formed the centre of many moving tributes across the country.

Homeless Man Plays Piano Beautifully, Teaches The World Not To Judge A Book By Its Cover

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 29.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle

If there's one thing to be learned from this video, it's to never judge a book by its cover. Ryan is from Edmonton, Canada. He wears tracksuits, ha...

These Students Have Designed A 'Sleepcoat' For The Homeless - Who They're Training Up As Entrepreneurs

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education

A group of students have designed a sleepcoat for homeless people - and want to train up Londoners sleeping rough as entrepreneurs. Oli Slattery, p...

The Blight of Homelessness Must Be Addressed With a Dignified Approach

Muhammad Abdul Bari | Posted 10.10.2014 | UK
Muhammad Abdul Bari

Here in the UK, speaking with people who have had the unfortunate experience of being homeless has highlighted one major theme - being homeless has little to do with race, religion or education.

Sleeping Rough in the Age of Austerity

Tony Mckenna | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK Politics
Tony Mckenna

While the broader policy of economic hack and slash has created the conditions for a sharp increase in the level of homelessness, stigmatization of homeless people themselves effectively helps shift the focus from the political sphere...

Terrified Woman Hides Under Roof Ledge As Intruder Pursues Her

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 26.09.2014 | UK

This remarkable photograph shows the tense moments after a frightened young woman crawled out onto her roof to evade an intruder in her home. Wear...

Ireland: The Republic of Emigration and Internships

Aaron Vallely | Posted 02.11.2014 | UK
Aaron Vallely

It was Conor Cruise O'Brien who wrote that: "Irishness is not primarily a question of birth or blood or language ; it is the condition of being involv...

'Attention Seeking' German Students Cause Uproar After Using Fake Homeless Man In Video

The Huffington Post UK | Miriam Brown | Posted 01.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Those fierce internet critics have been at it again. The target this week: a group of German students who videoed themselves singing to a 'homeless' m...

Why I'm Giving Homeless People Books, Not Food

Priyanka Mogul | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK
Priyanka Mogul

Someone who has been sleeping rough for years might read a book that suddenly gives him or her an idea for a way out of the circumstances they're faced with. They might read about a situation somewhere in the world and find their new passion through it. Or they might even decide that the words they've read are so inspiring, they want to get back on their feet so they can inspire people in their own way.

This Man Can't Live Without His Daily Run. Here's Why...

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 31.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Most of us go jogging to get fit - but this video tells the story of a man who goes running for an entirely different reason. Ronnie Goodman trains...

This Video Will Change The Way You Think About Homeless People

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Next time you pass a homeless person on the street, take a moment to think about where they might have come from. Because once upon a time the pers...

The Gratitude Apple

Sharon Bull | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sharon Bull

This is a true story and I am thrilled to share it with you, as not only is it significant in the telling of unconditional love, compassion and gratitude, but also in the synchronicities of life too.

'Home Is Where the Hurt Is' for Care Leavers at Risk of Homelessness

Javed Khan | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK
Javed Khan

The world can feel like a scary place for any young person striding out on their own for the first time. Thrust into a world of greatly increased responsibility, the transition to adulthood is a challenging time. For most young people there is a support network to help them through this period. They fall back on the support of their family and friends; they learn and adapt. However, for young people leaving the care system this support is sadly often limited or non-existent. All too frequently they are left to fend for themselves without the necessary skills or even a suitable place to live.

Politics Is for All, So Let's Make Sure Everyone's Vote Matters

Rick Henderson | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK Politics
Rick Henderson

We'd all like to believe that we live in a democratic society in which the needs and opinions of everyone are considered, regardless of gender, age or social status. But is this actually reflected in our political system?

'Poor Brits Are Living More Like They're In The Ex-Soviet Bloc'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 16.06.2014 | UK Politics

Britain's poor are worse off than their neighbours and suffering the same sort of living standards seen in the ex-Soviet bloc countries, stark new ana...

Catalina: A Young Life Lost in the Tunnels of Bucharest

Jim Wickens | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK
Jim Wickens

The following morning, the day of Catalina's funeral, it was the turn of Bruce Lee - the self-styled "King of the Sewers". Never shy of a spectacle, he arrived barefoot with his head painted in Aurolac, a luminous helmet of bright silver paint that the addicts sniff. A stark reminder of the crazed drug-infested atmosphere where Catalina had died.

Victory As Tesco Abandons Anti-Homeless Spikes After Concrete Vandalism

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 09.10.2014 | UK

Opposition to anti-homeless spikes being put up to prevent rough sleepers has solidified - in the form of concrete. A row of the studs - which hav...

Why the 'Homeless Spikes' Deserve the Turner Prize

Matt Carr | Posted 10.08.2014 | UK
Matt Carr

So far no one seems to know exactly who installed these spikes, but whoever it was ought to be congratulated on artistic grounds, if nothing else. Because what they have done, however inadvertently, is produce a haunting symbol of the institutionalised amorality and social cruelty that defines our era.

Selfish Anti-Homeless Spikes Miss the Point: Tackling Rise in Rough Sleeping

Paul Noblet | Posted 09.08.2014 | UK
Paul Noblet

Introducing spikes to move rough sleepers along is a selfish response to an issue we should all have a stake in tackling, be it social or economic... Anger has been understandably focussed on 118 Southwark Bridge Road, but that anger now needs to be focussed on finding a cure for what is just one symptom of a broader problem.

Why Has IDS Declared War On The Big Issue?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 05.06.2014 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith has lashed out at the Big Issue magazine, claiming that "more and more" migrants were using the magazine as a way to claim benefits....

Homelessness Can Happen to Anyone's Child

Sir Tony Hawkhead | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK
Sir Tony Hawkhead

If you have children, you may have heard them say they were going to run away from home. Maybe it's a threat you made yourself when you were younger. What if it actually happened though? It may sound like a nightmare but for many families the threat of a child running away becomes reality.

It's Unacceptable That New Refugees Face Homelessness and Destitution

Maurice Wren | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Politics
Maurice Wren

Being granted refugee status and leaving the nightmare of the asylum system behind should be a moment of relief; the starter gun to be able to rebuild your life in safety and come to terms with your traumatic experiences in your country of origin. But it's not.