UK Homelessness

An Update From Calais And The Refugee Community Kitchen

Arthur Peirce | Posted 22.09.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Arthur Peirce

A few months ago I wrote about the work of Refugee Community Kitchen, a charity in Calais responsible for providing food to the hundreds of refugees in and around the city and Dunkirk. Since 2015 RCK has prepared, cooked, and delivered almost 600,000 meals. They serve hot, nourishing food daily, and like most of the refugee charities in Calais, they rely entirely on donations and volunteers.

Damning Report Reveals Government Has No Plan To Tackle Skyrocketing Homelessness

The Huffington Post | Kate Forrester | Posted 12.09.2017 | UK Politics

A damning report has revealed the government has no real plan to tackle homelessness, despite huge hikes in the number of people sleeping rough. The N...

Everything Is Not OK - Part Two

Ben Moore | Posted 07.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Ben Moore

That sounds like dramatic overstatement to draw you in but the truth is that it's really not. If you're served notice to quit by your landlord you have just two months to find somewhere else to live. They don't need a reason and, in the long term, there doesn't seem to be much you can do.

In These Times Of Austerity We Need Someone Who Gives A Damn - We Need Another Diana

Lord Victor Adebowale | Posted 30.08.2017 | UK
Lord Victor Adebowale

In this time of austerity, when the divide between the haves and have-nots is greater than ever, we need someone who can persuade others to see the problems those on the margins face. We need someone with the same influence who is unafraid of drawing attention to inconvenient truths, and capable of making politicians and society think differently. Someone who gives a damn.

Homeless Man Reunited With Dog After Sleeping Outside Animal Shelter To Find Her

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 25.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle

A video of a homeless man being reunited with his dog has warmed hearts around the world after he slept outside an animal shelter to try and find the ...

Andy Burnham's First 100 Days

Michael Taylor | Posted 17.08.2017 | UK Politics
Michael Taylor

A politician can issue as many mission statements as they like. They can write a comprehensive manifesto that sets out a plan of action. And they can make as many promises as they think they can keep. But ultimately, as history shows time and time again, the true measure of their success, their effectiveness and their authority comes from how they react to the unforeseen. Events, dear boy, as Harold Macmillan put it. So it has proved with Andy Burnham's first 100 days as Greater Manchester's first directly elected metro Mayor.

Number Of Rough Sleepers Set To Explode 76% by 2027 If Changes Aren't Made

The Huffington Post | Rachel Wearmouth | Posted 10.08.2017 | UK Politics

Rough sleeping will rocket by 76% by 2027 if power-holders fail to take long-term action on homelessness now, a leading charity has warned. Crisis ha...

Want To Solve Youth Homelessness? Remove The Barriers To Work Before They Become Insurmountable

Paul Noblet | Posted 09.08.2017 | UK
Paul Noblet

The single biggest cause of youth homelessness for young people at Centrepoint is family breakdown, something which can mean not only a young person has no roof over their head but also that they have no-one to fall back on for practical help, financial support or even encouragement. Of the homeless young people surveyed, 42% said they were given no support from their family to prepare to get a job as opposed to just 15% of non-homeless young people.

These Homeless Men Have Just Been Sold. They Explain Why They're Happy About It

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 29.07.2017 | UK

Selling homeless people and fitting them with tracking devices sounds pretty controversial. So when I find myself walking into an old courtroom (now a...

UK Councils Providing Shelter For 120K Homeless Children

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 22.07.2017 | UK

Councils across England are housing the equivalent of an extra secondary school of pupils per month as the number of homeless children in temporary ac...

Provocative Artist 'Sells' London Rough Sleepers For £25k As 'Real-Life Tamagotchi'

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 12.07.2017 | UK
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A Danish artist is attempting to “privatise the homeless” in London by “buying up” the capital’s rough sleepers before selling them as “re...

Right To Home? Homelessness In England's Rural Areas

Charlotte Snelling | Posted 10.07.2017 | UK
Charlotte Snelling

Homelessness is not unique to urban areas, nor is affordable housing supply something which only urban communities need. If we are to tackle England's housing crisis and reduce the number of households becoming and remaining homeless, we need to move away from viewing homelessness as a solely urban phenomenon and give rural areas the attention and support that they need.

Record Rough Sleeping Is A Scar On Our City - As Mayor I'm Determined To End It

Sadiq Khan | Posted 03.07.2017 | UK Politics
Sadiq Khan

There are many reasons why people end up sleeping rough - from mental health issues to family break-ups and drug addiction. There is never going to be an instant silver bullet to fix the problem, which is why I have brought people and organisations together - through my new 'No Nights Sleeping Rough' taskforce - to tackle the root causes of rough sleeping with a number of new solutions.

Queen's Speech: The Government Must Act On Manifesto Promise To End Rough Sleeping

Helena Brice | Posted 21.06.2017 | UK Politics
Helena Brice

This week the new Government set out its priorities in the Queen's Speech, yet unfortunately for homeless people up and down the country, it made no mention of homelessness, despite an election promise to end rough sleeping in England by 2027.

Ignoring Young Voters Is A Gamble Politicians Can No Longer Afford To Take

Seyi Obakin | Posted 20.06.2017 | UK Politics
Seyi Obakin

Politicians have more to do to earn the trust of young people. Metro-mayors, notably Andy Burnham in Manchester, have placed homelessness squarely at the centre of priorities for the city-region. Given the result of the General Election, will any future government want to gamble its electoral success by ignoring voters who will be around for many elections to come?

These Girls Invented A Solar-Powered Tent For The Homeless With No Engineering Experience

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 19.06.2017 | UK Tech

A group of teenage girls from Los Angeles have designed a solar-powered shelter to help tackle homelessness in their local community, after witnessing...

How Do The Disenfranchised Feel About Being Denied The Vote In The General Election?

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 07.06.2017 | UK

Millions of voters will head to the polls on Thursday to cast their vote in the General Election. For those fortunate enough to have their say on whi...

This Is What People Who Can't Vote Want You To Know

The Huffington Post | Eve Hartley | Posted 07.06.2017 | UK

EU Nationals, homeless people and 16-17 year olds are all groups who can’t vote. We asked them who they would vote for and what questions they would...

Why The Tories Are Not My Cuppa

Anastasia Kyriacou | Posted 06.06.2017 | UK Politics
Anastasia Kyriacou

On Thursday, Britain heads to the polls to cast a vote that will determine which political party will shape the next five years. Here is why the Tories are absolutely not my cup of tea...

Addiction - One Of The Many Causes Of Homelessness

Stephen Fear | Posted 05.06.2017 | UK
Stephen Fear

The causes of homelessness are many and, despite common belief, not all are associated with the negative causes of excessive use of alcohol and non-prescription drugs. Undoubtably, many people do fall into homelessness because an addiction occurs. The root cause of this addiction isn't usually drugs or alcohol in themselves but more the circumstances that drive a person to need a prop.

A New Breed Of Politician

Sharon Bull | Posted 22.05.2017 | UK Politics
Sharon Bull

Jeremy Corbyn speaking at Derby August 2016 - picture by Sharon Bull Ashamedly, until a few years ago, I had very little interest in politics. Most e...

Ending Rough-Sleeping

Kate Webb | Posted 19.05.2017 | UK Politics
Kate Webb

No matter who walks through the doors of number 10 we stand ready and willing to work with them to turn around the housing crisis, and give everyone the chance of a safe, stable and affordable home for the future.

Toxic Housing Crisis Fuels A 700% Rise In Families Forced To Live In B&Bs - Here's One Mother's Story

The Huffington Post | Owen Bennett | Posted 12.05.2017 | UK Politics

Looking after an 8-month-old baby is a challenge for anyone, but Dian Walker is finding it tougher than most. The mother-of-two was made homeless six ...

Homelessness Is A Choice - But It's One Made By Society, Not The Individual

Harry Quilter-Pinner | Posted 08.05.2017 | UK
Harry Quilter-Pinner

'A nation's greatness can be measured by how it treats its most vulnerable members'. Or so the maxim goes. Yet walking through the streets of London it is hard not to conclude that, on this basis, Britain is less great than its name would have us believe.

I Lived On Trains For Five Years

Corky Clubman | Posted 20.04.2017 | UK
Corky Clubman

When you feel encased in doom and gloom, you're unable to look out of the window to see what's on the horizon. Crisis is like the window, the light in the attic. Shining the light in the darkness. That is what Crisis is.