UK Homelessness

A Mental Health Crisis On Our Streets

Howard Sinclair | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK
Howard Sinclair

At St Mungo's we work to end homelessness and help people rebuild their lives. Across London and the south of England, we provide outreach support and accommodation where people can find the help they need to begin to build their futures in a positive way. We know that there is life after rough sleeping. We see every day that people can - and do - recover and move on from homelessness.

50 Years Ago My Father Founded Shelter, Today He'd Still Be Dismayed

Ann Kenrick | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK
Ann Kenrick

His main focus was on housing the massive number of people who were living in appallingly squalid conditions or who - like Cathy in the powerful film Cathy Come Home - had fallen on really hard times and were at risk of being separated from their children and having nowhere to go.

The Waugh Zone December 1, 2016

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Thursday, December 1… 1) PARK LIFE I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this before, but I happen to live in...

Wealthiest Parts Of London Have Top Homeless Hotspots, Report Finds

The Huffington Post | Martha Gill | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK Politics

London has England’s highest homelessness rate despite being one of the wealthiest parts of the country, a report has said. A new analysis by charit...

Couple Pens Thoughtful Letter To Homeless 'Neighbour' Living In Tent

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle

A kindhearted couple have inspired thousands with their touching act towards a homeless person who they spotted near their home. Brandi Vee explained ...

Why British Muslims Will Be Gift Giving This Christmas

Jehangir Malik | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK
Jehangir Malik

A few days ago, Amazon, the online marketplace, unwrapped a new advert featuring an Imam and a Vicar exchanging gifts ahead of Christmas. I tend not t...

Relief As Homeless ‘English’ Girl In Rome Is Identified As Missing Swedish Student

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK

UPDATE: Despair As Homeless ‘English’ Girl In Rome REFUSES To Return To Her Father A English-speaking girl living on the streets of Rome has been...

Restaurant Will Ensure 'No One Eats Alone' At Christmas By Offering Free Meal To Homeless And Elderly

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle

A restaurant is ensuring “no one eats alone on Christmas day” by offering free meals to homeless people and the elderly. From 12pm-6pm on 25 Decem...

Homeless ‘English’ Girl In Rome Linked To High-Profile Missing Persons Including Madeleine McCann

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK

UPDATE: Relief As Homeless ‘English’ Girl In Rome Is Identified As Missing Swedish Student A homeless, English-speaking girl living on the stree...

Theresa May: 'It Is Time To Remember The Good That Government Can DO'

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 21.11.2016 | UK Politics
Adnan Al-Daini

This should not be a Party political issue; providing adequate housing is fundamental to what it is to be human. It is morally the right thing to do. Moreover it is good economics too. So Prime Minister, put dogma aside, pinch this policy from the Labour Party. Start doing now what Labour is promising to do and show us in deeds "the good that government can do".

Slipping Through the Cracks, Mental Health and Homelessness

Arthur Peirce | Posted 08.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Arthur Peirce

I remember, where I used to live, there was a homeless man who slept at night in an alcove opposite a Tesco Metro. Once he stopped me, randomly, and s...

London Underground Apologises For Describing Homeless As ‘Dirty And Smelly’

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK

London Underground has apologised after staff guidance on dealing with homeless people on the network referred to them as “dirty and smelly”. Reve...

Donate Your Old Coat On Your Commute To Help London's Most Vulnerable

The Huffington Post | Rosy Cherrington | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK Style

London’s biggest annual winter coat drive is back for its sixth year, collecting used outerwear for those who need it during the colder months. Wrap...

The Waugh Zone November 3, 2016

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 03.11.2016 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Thursday, November 3… 1) TITANIC STRUGGLE Such jolly japes at the Spectator’s awards last night, not lea...

'Devastating' Spike In The Number of Homeless Children In Britain

The Huffington Post | Martha Gill | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Politics

Over 120,000 children face homeless in Britain, the highest level recorded since 2007, and the equivalent of four children in each school, a new analy...

The Homelessness Reduction Bill Is A Step In The Right Direction

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Politics
Ioan Marc Jones

t is still underfunded, and hopefully the prospect additional funds will be raised during the Third Reading, but it is a step, perhaps only a small step, in the right direction. Charities have accomplished truly incredible feats with limited resources, but now the government needs to take some responsibility.

Homelessness Reduction Bill Could Change The Way We Think About Homelessness, If The Government Funding Follows

Paul Noblet | Posted 30.10.2016 | UK Politics
Paul Noblet

For too long homelessness and rough sleeping have been seen primarily by governments of all political colours as something to deal with at the point of crisis when someone has already been forced out of the home, either as a result of economic struggles or family breakdown.

The Big Issue - Hard Sell

Lisa Ives | Posted 26.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Ives

For a couple of months now there has been a young woman selling the Big Issue magazine outside my local supermarket. Small shop on the High Street, you know the kind of thing. During these months my feelings towards her have spun out of control, from rational to downright, certifiably crazy. And I ask myself why?

Homelessness In 2016

Chris Lambert | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK
Chris Lambert

When was the last time you walked past a person who is homeless? Today? Yesterday? Last week? Or maybe you walked past someone because you were invested in your smartphone or listening to music. Chances are you will encounter a person who is homeless in the near future.

To Fix The Housing Crisis Once And For All, We Need To Reclaim The Meaning Of Home

Anne Baxendale | Posted 17.10.2016 | UK
Anne Baxendale

People defined a home according to what it enables them to do. Can I afford the rent without cutting back on food? Is it worth making friends at the school gate or might we have to move in six months? Can our kids can sleep safely and comfortably at night?

Not Even Low Unemployment Can Ward Off The Scourge Of Homelessness As Rents Rise And Wage Growth Slows

Rhea Silva | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Rhea Silva

Official figures show homelessness is rising. Against a backdrop of low unemployment yet slowing wage growth, there has been a 10% rise in the number of homeless households in England.

Homelessness - Bricks And Mortar And More Besides

Dave Clements | Posted 28.09.2016 | UK
Dave Clements

The complexity of the homelessness problem is undeniable and its causes are multiple: families evicted from their homes into B&Bs, people falling foul...

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...