UK Homelessness

F*** The Poor: How Would You Respond To This Social Experiment?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK

What would you do if you saw a man wandering through the streets of London wearing a sandwich board declaring: "F*ck The Poor"? A social experiment...

We Need to Talk About Ireland

Colm OGorman | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Politics
Colm OGorman

As I walked along another Dublin street last week, exactly three decades later, I remembered that younger me. And I reached out, back in time, to him: to remember him, and to bring him into my mind and my heart as I headed into the Mansion House.

More Brits Are 'On The Edge Of Losing Their Home'

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Politics

Citizens Advice is seeing increasing cries for help from people who are on the edge of losing their home, despite the improving economy. During 201...

Why We Must Work Alongside the UN So the Voices of Street Children Can Be Heard

Andrew Johnston | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK
Andrew Johnston

Many of us have seen children on the streets when we have been holidaying abroad. Out late seemingly with no place to go. They may be less noticeable here, in the towns and the cities of the UK, but the reality is that 100,000 children here run away from home each year...

Ebbsfleet: Start of a Housing Bloom or Shed at the Bottom of the National Garden?

Paul Noblet | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Politics
Paul Noblet

The Chancellor's plan to build Britain's first garden city in 100 years in Ebbsfleet has been welcomed by some with open arms. The promise of more homes in the south east is a good thing, but 15,000 new homes barely scratch the surface of the real number of properties needed across the country.

A New Kind of Private Members Club - Tackling Homelessness

Sandra Schembri | Posted 16.03.2014 | UK
Sandra Schembri

My starting point as Chief Executive was what if this could be a place where the pleasures and needs of one group may facilitate the dreams of others? And that this should be at the forefront of all our organisational decisions, from the training we offer to the members that join, the networks they bring with them, the cultural programming we create and the suppliers we choose to work with.

Living Without Food

Chris Malla | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Malla

On 4 March 2014, I witnessed a group of police officers forcibly move on some homeless people around Newland Avenue in Hull, the heart of the city's student population. Their only crime was being homeless, which I don't feel is a crime, and certainly doesn't justify the treatment they received. I felt helpless, and had to carry on home, angry...

River Island Jumps on the Poverty Porn Bandwagon with Ridiculous T-Shirt

Sean O'Meara | Posted 13.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sean O'Meara

Fictional American universities, generic sports teams, and punk bands that thrived three generations ago; these are the sort of things that should be on teenagers' t-shirts. So when fashion retailers try to elevate off-the-shelf edginess to silly new levels, you suddenly remember that it's idiotic adults who are in charge.

WATCH: Angry Question Time Audience Member Storms Out In Immigration Row

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK Politics

BBC Question Time became so explosive when an audience member clashed with a panellist over immigration this week that he ended up getting his coat an...

WATCH: Stranger Gives 'Winning' Lottery Ticket To Homeless Man

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK Comedy

A part of us watched this video thinking 'Why doesn't magician-prankster Rahat just give the man this money, instead of fooling him into thinking he's...

Does the Government Really Care About Homelessness?

Nash Riggins | Posted 27.02.2014 | UK Politics
Nash Riggins

Ever since the coalition came to power in 2010, they've carried out reform after reform under the sanctimonious presumption that we've got to 'trim the fat' off of Britain's social safety net... Less than a year into the implementation of these callous reforms, that same, self-inflicted shot in the foot has landed us on the precipice of a humanitarian disaster.

In It Together?

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 25.02.2014 | UK

There has been a dramatic rise in the number of people sleeping rough in England since the coalition came to power, it has been revealed. The grim ...

Say Yes to Homes to Solve Our Housing Crisis

David Orr | Posted 21.02.2014 | UK Politics
David Orr

We have plenty of land - despite what some people will tell you. As a nation, we can afford to make the investment which puts people back to work, is good for the economy and which delivers great homes. It will take time but it is possible. So why are we not building?

Ending the Revolving Door of Care for Society's Unwanted

Dharmendra Kanani | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK
Dharmendra Kanani

Abbie's ending is a happy one but it shouldn't all be down to circumstance and luck. Through these 12 partnerships and the learning they generate, we hope to permanently change the odds in favour of the thousands of other people across the country who desperately need our help.

Selfies With Homeless People: A Vile New Trend

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK

Welcome to the crummy new depths being plumbed by the "selfie" genre – selfies with homeless people. Yep, just to be clear, that’s selfies wit...

Why I'm Giving a Voice to the Voiceless

James Davenport | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
James Davenport

We create art with a variety of participants such as homeless or vulnerably housed people, to disabled people. Through workshops, events and performances we provide a platform which offers a voice for the voiceless.

London's Neglected Homeless People

Ruwayda Mustafah | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ruwayda Mustafah

London is one of the world's most beautiful cities and one of the most exhilarating places to live in. I was returning home from my International politics seminar, and decided to have a hot chocolate in Costa before taking a train to North London...

Auf Weidersehn, Pet Kingdom: Good Riddance

Mimi Bekhechi | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mimi Bekhechi

Harrods' Pet Kingdom will shut its doors for the last time at the end of the month, ending nearly 100 years of shameful animal exploitation, and here at PETA, we couldn't be happier to hear it. In its time, Harrods has flogged every species of animal for the right price

Young People Live Lives of Luxury on Housing Benefit... Or Do They?

Paul Noblet | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK
Paul Noblet

George Osborne has announced the Conservative Party would cut housing benefit for under-25s after the next election as part of £25billion spending cuts, removing a vital lifeline for many homeless young people who are already struggling financially. Such a move would be catastrophic for the 6,000 homeless young people Centrepoint supports each year.

Polar Vortex Forces America's Homeless Population To Find Warmth Against Steam Grates

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

As the US shivers through the polar vortex, a blast of frigid air that has toppled decades-old temperature records, those living on the streets face a...

Spare a Thought for the Homeless this New Year - It Could Be You

Lord Victor Adebowale | Posted 09.03.2014 | UK
Lord Victor Adebowale

There will be many people who read the headline on this article and think 'it's not my problem.' Yet the majority of us are only a paycheck away from not being able to pay the mortgage. The journey from home-ownership to rough sleeping can be a short and brutal one. So spare a thought for the homeless this 2014. It could be you.

Homeless Man Reunited With Family After Being Spotted In Newspaper Photo

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

A homeless man has been reunited with his family after being spotted in a cold weather picture captured by an Associated Press photographer. Nicholas ...

Thatcher's Ministers Warned Her That Cuts Would Cause Housing Crisis

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics

Margaret Thatcher was warned by her own cabinet ministers that she risked causing an "unacceptable" increase in homelessness and "hardship" by slashin...

Righteous Revolutions: Why You Should Buy the Big Issue NOW

Paul McNamee | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK
Paul McNamee

The Big Issue is still revolutionary. That is quite something for a magazine launched 22 years ago. In 1991 John Bird and the Body Shop's Gordon Roddick set about providing the homeless, those at risk of losing their home and those at the very margins of society with a legitimate means of making a living. This has remained the constant ever since.

Help Leave Nobody Out in the Cold This Winter

Rick Henderson | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK
Rick Henderson

Imagine that tonight you didn't have a home to go to and were forced to sleep rough. It's a pretty terrible proposition. But imagine having to battle the cold winter weather at the same time. Sadly, this is the reality for all too many people in this country.