UK Homelessness

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.

This Homeless Man Is About To Be Repaid For A Selfless Act Of Kindness

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK

A crowd-funder set up by a young woman after she was helped by a homeless man while stranded in late-night London smashed its target on Tuesday. Nicol...

Thousands March In London Against The Government's Housing Bill

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 14.03.2016 | UK

Thousands of people took to the streets in London on Sunday to demonstrate against the Government's Housing and Planning Bill, which could see council...

Over £5,000 Has Been Raised For The Homeless Man Who Helped A Stranded Woman

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 10.03.2016 | UK

A young woman helped by a homeless man when she was stranded in late-night London has set up a crowd funding campaign to repay his act of kindness. ...

When We're Talking About Equality, We Mustn't Forget the Most Marginalised

Katharine Sacks Jones | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK
Katharine Sacks Jones

We've got to get better at reaching all of these women and girls. At recognising the ways in which gender, trauma, poverty, race, and other forms of inequality combine together to trap them. We need systems and services to recognise when women are experiencing these multiple forms of disadvantage, and to provide safe, effective, trauma and gender informed support.

Charities Scold Tory Minister For Saying People 'Choose To Sleep Rough'

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 07.03.2016 | UK

A Tory minister has been condemned for blaming the country's homelessness crisis in part on people "choosing to sleep rough". Charities piled in to...