UK Homelessness

Are You Afraid That You Could Lose Your Home? You're Not Alone

Adam van Lohuizen | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK
Adam van Lohuizen

Last year alone, 360,000 people visited our website, seeking out advice on how to deal with repossession and eviction, representing a 23% increase in visits compared to the year before. In 2014-15, there were over 180,000 claims lodged in the court system to evict households. That's over 180,000 letters from the courts sent to households across England, telling over 400,000 people that court action may be taken to remove them from their home. To put it in context - every hour 50 people are at risk of losing their home. These claims resulted in almost 100,000 renters being forcibly evicted from their homes - the highest level in at least 15 years.

Why I've Started a Petition to Stop Hackney Council Criminalising Rough Sleepers

Zahira Patel | Posted 04.06.2015 | UK
Zahira Patel

In a city where millions are reported to be only one payday away from losing their homes, I don't believe criminalising homelessness is right. We need to convince Hackney Council to reconsider the terms of its PSPO and remove the references to rough sleeping from it.

Thousands Sign Petition To Stop London Council Fining People For Sleeping Rough

The Huffington Post UK | Sophie Brown | Posted 04.06.2015 | UK

An online petition targeting Hackney Council's new plans to fine rough sleepers has picked up more than 65,000 signatures. A Public Space Protecti...

Meet The Teen Mom Who Went From Being Homeless To Graduating With An $80k Scholarship

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Johnson | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education

A teen mum has beaten the odds by graduating first in her class, as well as being awarded more than $80,000 in scholarships for college. Trameka P...

Tesco Employee Raises Money For Homeless Man - So He Can Find A Home While He Has Heart Surgery

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Johnson | Posted 02.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education

A Tesco employee from Dundee has started a fundraising page for her homeless friend, in order to find him a permanent home while he has open heart sur...

A London Where No One's Forgotten - Working Together to End Homelessness

Ivan Massow | Posted 29.05.2015 | UK Politics
Ivan Massow

There's a lot the Mayor of London can do. I intend to double the GLA's current budget for this with money raised through the new Londoners' Fund, which is supported by such measures as the London Lottery and the Hotel Tax

Everybody Loses When Young People Are Out of Work

Denise Hatton | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK Politics
Denise Hatton

If this government is committed to doing this and giving young people a decent start in life, this Queen's Speech needs to first focus on providing them with a safe and stable environment that allows young people the chance to flourish and reach their full potential - to which Housing Benefit plays an important role.

Homeless Man Reunited With Beloved Dog Stolen By Phoney Policeman

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK

A homeless man has been reunited with his beloved pet dog – after she was allegedly stolen by a man posing as a policeman. According to reports,...

Connection - It's What Life Is All About

Adrian Millar | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Parents
Adrian Millar

It's a bitterly cold morning in March and I am en route to Grafton Street, in Dublin, to meet a friend who is writing a play of my novel, The Quiet Li...

Why Cameras On Bin Lorries Could Be Unlikely Life-Savers

PA | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK

Cameras are being fitted to bin lorries to cut the number of people - some homeless - who are killed after sleeping rough. One of the UK's biggest ...

The Government and Charities Homeless Help System Is Broken

Stacey Lucas | Posted 14.05.2015 | UK Politics
Stacey Lucas

According to Crisis, Government statistics show 2,714 people slept rough in England on any one night during 2014 - a 55 per cent rise on 2010. Local...

We Need to Challenge Perceptions of Homelessness

Abitha Pallett | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Abitha Pallett

2014 brought a multitude of perspectives regarding the homeless in the UK from the spikes installed outside London shops and flats to deter rough slee...

An Open Letter to Anyone Who Didn't Vote Tory

Alice Carder | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK Politics
Alice Carder

Politics of fear and hate cannot survive long in the hearts of those who have love and hope. Do not let this election divide and conquer. Unite and survive.

Tory MP Dismisses Constituent Concerned About Homelessness With Callous Tweet

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK

A recently re-elected Tory MP has dismissed a constituent concerned about homelessness by calling her a "bad loser". @ellbphotography don't be a ba...

Miley Cyrus Says She Can 'Fix' The Issue Of Homeless Youth

The Huffington Post UK | Matt Bagwell | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Entertainment

Almost a year after Miley Cyrus took along a homeless man as her date to the MTV Video Music Awards, the singer has launched a foundation to help home...

Sarah Ann Harris

Why Sports Bras And Trainers Mean More To These Homeless Women Than Politicians' Promises | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK

After Christine suffered two breakdowns, and her family couldn’t afford to support her, she suddenly found herself homeless. "I lost my dignity,"...

A Rent Cap in Name Only

Martha Mackenzie | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK Politics
Martha Mackenzie

Supply is the big political issue we're finally reaching consensus on - but in the meantime, renters deserve a meaningful debate. There are 11million of us - and we're not going anywhere soon.

Brogan Driscoll

Periods Don't Stop Because You're Homeless - This Is What It's Like For Women | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 19.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Being on your period is a inconvenient and often downright frustrating time for most women, but imagine having no access to sanitary products and bein...

Homeless People Reading Mean Tweets About Themselves Will Break Your Heart

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 02.04.2015 | UK

Jimmy Kimmel's "Celebrities Read Mean Tweets About Themselves" segment is always good for a laugh, but this re-think of the comedy skit turns all that...

Do You Notice Homeless Women On The Streets? Here Are Their Stories...

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

The last time you walked down the street and spotted a homeless person - did you notice their gender? I have to admit, I'd been ignorant to it unti...

How The Prince's Trust Is Giving Every Young Person The Chance To Succeed

The Huffington Post UK | James Beeson | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education

“Many times in my life I have felt like just giving up. There were days when I felt so isolated and alone that I was terrified to face the outside w...

Homeless and Alone: Teenagers Are Being Let Down

Matthew Reed | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK
Matthew Reed

Our shocking findings show that an estimated 12,000 16 and 17-year-olds - enough to fill Wembley arena - have asked their council for help in finding a new home for them. But more than half are turned away without even being assessed.

Is This The Politest Thief Ever? (Spoiler Alert: Yes It Is)

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 10.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A thief who broke into an elderly man's car to steal a blanket has apologised with probably the politest note on the planet. The culprit said that ...

Vogue Editor And Real-Life Princess Under Fire For Posting 'Tasteless' Image Of Homeless Person

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK

A Vogue style editor-at-large and real-life princess has caused uproar after she posted a “tasteless” picture of a homeless person reading the fas...

Don't Be Fooled - The Conservatives Are Not the LGBT-Friendly Party They Would Have Us Believe

George Gillett | Posted 01.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
George Gillett

It's clear that David Cameron is not the progressive Prime Minister of LGBT equality that his supporters make him out to be. He's a shrewd politician whose noncommittal approach on gay marriage allowed him to ride a wave of popular support for LGBT equality, rather than leading it.