UK Homelessness

Catalina: A Young Life Lost in the Tunnels of Bucharest

Jim Wickens | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK
Jim Wickens

The following morning, the day of Catalina's funeral, it was the turn of Bruce Lee - the self-styled "King of the Sewers". Never shy of a spectacle, he arrived barefoot with his head painted in Aurolac, a luminous helmet of bright silver paint that the addicts sniff. A stark reminder of the crazed drug-infested atmosphere where Catalina had died.

Victory As Tesco Abandons Anti-Homeless Spikes After Concrete Vandalism

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 09.10.2014 | UK

Opposition to anti-homeless spikes being put up to prevent rough sleepers has solidified - in the form of concrete. A row of the studs - which hav...

Why the 'Homeless Spikes' Deserve the Turner Prize

Matt Carr | Posted 10.08.2014 | UK
Matt Carr

So far no one seems to know exactly who installed these spikes, but whoever it was ought to be congratulated on artistic grounds, if nothing else. Because what they have done, however inadvertently, is produce a haunting symbol of the institutionalised amorality and social cruelty that defines our era.

Selfish Anti-Homeless Spikes Miss the Point: Tackling Rise in Rough Sleeping

Paul Noblet | Posted 09.08.2014 | UK
Paul Noblet

Introducing spikes to move rough sleepers along is a selfish response to an issue we should all have a stake in tackling, be it social or economic... Anger has been understandably focussed on 118 Southwark Bridge Road, but that anger now needs to be focussed on finding a cure for what is just one symptom of a broader problem.

Why Has IDS Declared War On The Big Issue?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 05.06.2014 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith has lashed out at the Big Issue magazine, claiming that "more and more" migrants were using the magazine as a way to claim benefits....

Homelessness Can Happen to Anyone's Child

Sir Tony Hawkhead | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK
Sir Tony Hawkhead

If you have children, you may have heard them say they were going to run away from home. Maybe it's a threat you made yourself when you were younger. What if it actually happened though? It may sound like a nightmare but for many families the threat of a child running away becomes reality.

It's Unacceptable That New Refugees Face Homelessness and Destitution

Maurice Wren | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Politics
Maurice Wren

Being granted refugee status and leaving the nightmare of the asylum system behind should be a moment of relief; the starter gun to be able to rebuild your life in safety and come to terms with your traumatic experiences in your country of origin. But it's not.

New Refugees' First Steps Should Not Be Towards the Nearest Homeless Hostel

Lisa Doyle | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Politics
Lisa Doyle

"The 28 days is hard on refugees...all of a sudden in a country you don't know and then it stops and you don't know what you are going to do. It was such a surprise when I ended up without a bed to sleep in."

'Average House Prices Could Near £1 Million In Broken Market'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 01.05.2014 | UK

Average property prices in England risk quadrupling to more than £900,000 in 20 years due to the "broken" housing market and the lack of house-buildi...

If Your Loved Ones Were Homeless, Would You Ignore Them?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.04.2014 | UK

If a family member posed as a homeless person, would you recognise him or her? That's the question a new campaign - Make Them Visible - is asking. ...

Selfless Muslim Man Gives Barefoot Bus Passenger His Shoes Saying 'I Live Close, I Can Walk' (PICTURE)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 01.05.2014 | UK

SEE ALSO Lean On Me: Removal Man Invites Unsteady Elderly Lady To Sit On His Back In Stuck Lift (PICTURE) Touching photographs of a stranger’s ac...

Business Needs Innovation in Making Money and Giving to Charity

Polly Gowers OBE | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK
Polly Gowers OBE

Anyone who wants to be successful in business needs to stay ahead of the game, that's why I've built my career around innovation. From the early days of competing in equestrian competitions and progressing to training and selling horses, I then learned the ropes of internet marketing and set up my own company in my garden shed...

My Story

Kwame Bryan | Posted 21.06.2014 | UK
Kwame Bryan

This was day I became homeless. It was a chaotic day. I was carrying several bags, and was not sure what or where I was going. I went to a café, had a coffee and decided to see what happened. Not much of a plan, but I had never been homeless. Eventually, that night, I slept in the A & E Department at St George's Hospital, Tooting.

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 25.05.2014 | 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 19.05.2014 | 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 18.05.2014 | 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 16.05.2014 | 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 13.05.2014 | 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 12.05.2014 | 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 29.04.2014 | 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 ...