UK Homelessness

Why This Christmas Will Be the Busiest Yet for Shelter's Helpline

Liz Clare | Posted 07.02.2014 | UK
Liz Clare

Despite nearly a decade at the other end of the phone, I have never seen the helpline as busy as it is now, and it's picking up every day. We're open seven days a week, 365 days a year, and from morning until night, the phones ring constantly - without fail.

Jessica Elgot

What Do People At Hackney Foodbank Think Of Osborne's Plans? | Jessica Elgot | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

At the same moment that George Osborne strode into the House of Commons, to pronounce that the coalition government had "restored stability in a fisca...

All Charity is Evil

Matt Lacey | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK Comedy
Matt Lacey

From then, each month now has a designated charity aim, with January's 'dryathalon' all the way to 'Stoptober'. Alongside these, people will be engaging in so-called fun runs and comedy nights across the country. What's wrong with that? It's all for a good cause, they say as they proffer their jangling buckets.

80,000 Children To Spend Christmas Homeless

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.11.2013 | UK

More than 80,000 children in the UK will spend this Christmas homeless, with the number of families due to be in emergency housing over the period at ...

Squatters Take Over £3m Council Home

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 29.10.2013 | UK

Squatters have moved into a London council home hours before it was sold off at auction for £3m, in protest at Southwark Council selling properties t...

Homelessness Is More Common Than You Might Think - So Why Is Support Shrinking?

Rick Henderson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Rick Henderson

Homelessness services help more than 40,000 people each year to take steps towards leaving these problems behind, but budget cuts are putting the future of these projects in serious danger. Can we really afford to not help? We need to argue that an investment in helping someone who is homeless today to realise their potential tomorrow is one worth making...

The Invisible New Yorkers

Harry Brown | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Harry Brown

Homelessness has become a sad fixture of modern life. Tonight, over fifty-five thousand New Yorkers will be sleeping in a shelter, others on the streets. Twenty-one thousand of them are children.

What Did The Tory MP Say To The One-Legged Beggar?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.10.2013 | UK

A Tory MP told a one-legged beggar in a wheelchair to "get a job", it has been reported. Daniel Kawczynski berated drug addict Mark McCuigan, who w...

Challenging Homelessness by King's College London Muslim Students

Faisel Alam | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Faisel Alam

The most recent data published by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) reveal a very ominous rise in homelessness, now for the t...

Don't Help Beggars, Bankers Told

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 11.10.2013 | UK

Bankers and other City workers have been warned by police not to help street beggars, while a report found that the number of homeless people sleeping...

Art Therapy for the Homeless

Katharine Tengtio | Posted 08.12.2013 | UK
Katharine Tengtio

Today on World Homelessness Day many different organisations and advocates will call upon the public to recognise and respond to the condemning statistics of homelessness in London and elsewhere around the world...

Big-Hearted Couple Donate Daughter's Cancelled Wedding Reception To Homeless Families

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 24.11.2013 | UK

A couple whose daughter cancelled her wedding just weeks before she was due to walk down the aisle have donated the lavish food, venue and entertainme...

Home at London's National Theatre

Richard Brownlie-Marshall | Posted 03.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Richard Brownlie-Marshall

The National Theatre Shed is the perfect performance space for such a piece, and Ruth Sutcliffe's set looks as though it has quite literally been lifted from this East London Hostel.

How Many Squatters Have Been Caught By New Law?

The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 31.08.2013 | UK

Almost 70 suspected squatters have ended up before the courts in the year since it became a crime, HuffPost UK can reveal. Ahead of the first anniv...

Young Mum Living In KFC With Her Baby Rejects Government Help

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 28.08.2013 | UK

A young single mother living in a Chinese KFC has rejected offers of help from the government, saying she would prefer to stay in the fast-food store....

City Makes Homelessness A Crime

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 26.08.2013 | UK

A US city has approved a plan to evict more than 1,500 homeless people as they are having an adverse effect on local businesses. The vagrants collect...

'Not Homeless, Need Boobs': Florida Woman Begs For Surgery Cash (PICTURE)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 12.10.2013 | UK

SEE ALSO: 'I Couldn't Have Done It Without You': Wannabe Glamour Model Thanks Taxpayer For Funding £4,800 NHS Boob Job A Florida woman is appea...

'I'm A Drunk And Homeless'

The Huffington Post UK | Samuel Luckhurst | Posted 01.08.2013 | UK Sport

Kenny Sansom, the former Arsenal and England defender, has revealed he is homeless. Sansom, 54, is England's second most capped full-back having pl...

The Love Letter From a Stranger That Opened My Heart

Ambi Sitham | Posted 10.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Ambi Sitham

As I got out of the car, an elderly homeless man, barely able to walk, was crying. I stopped and asked him if I could help. He asked for some water and then cried again saying he was sorry to have to ask me for anything. I got him water, some food that was light enough to carry gave him the items and five dollars and got into my car and burst into tears.

We Need to Help Teenagers to Find the Opportunity in Uncertainty

Ken Deeks | Posted 04.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Ken Deeks

If your life is a doorway, a backpack and the sodden, dirty clothes you are dressed in, then it can be easy to feel unloved, miserable and devoid of any hope for the future. Last year in the UK, 100,000 young people faced a night on the streets. One in three attempted to commit suicide.

A World Cup With a Difference...

Jack Ingles | Posted 31.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Ingles

Founded in 2001, the Homeless World Cup has grown year on year. The first version of the event took place in Graz, Austria; 18 teams were involved. This August, 64 squads will travel to Poznan, Poland to take part in the 11th edition of the tournament.

Hummingbird: London's Homeless on Film

Adam Rees | Posted 24.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Adam Rees

Rough sleeping is on the rise nationally - up 31% over the last two years - with new figures in London also showing a rise in the capital over the past year. At St Mungo's we asked former rough sleepers to interview 34 people, men and women, who had all slept rough over the last 12 months. They said it often doesn't take much for someone to end up on the streets.

Number Of Homeless In London Doubles Under Boris

Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.06.2013 | UK Politics

The number of homeless people sleeping rough on London's streets has almost doubled since Boris Johnson became mayor, new figures show. Rough sleep...

WATCH: The World's Most Heartwarming Magic Trick

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.06.2013 | UK Comedy

Move over, Michelle Obama. Stuart Edge has a far more powerful fist bump. This magician-prankster is doing his bit to bring smiles to people's face...

Homeless Woman Offered Vouchers For Tent After Applying For Emergency Housing

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 03.06.2013 | UK

A homeless woman who was refused emergency housing by the Isle of Wight council was instead offered vouchers to buy a tent and food. Dawn Martin, 6...