UK Homelessness

'Devastating' Spike In The Number of Homeless Children In Britain

The Huffington Post | Martha Gill | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Politics

Over 120,000 children face homeless in Britain, the highest level recorded since 2007, and the equivalent of four children in each school, a new analy...

The Homelessness Reduction Bill Is A Step In The Right Direction

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Politics
Ioan Marc Jones

t is still underfunded, and hopefully the prospect additional funds will be raised during the Third Reading, but it is a step, perhaps only a small step, in the right direction. Charities have accomplished truly incredible feats with limited resources, but now the government needs to take some responsibility.

Homelessness Reduction Bill Could Change The Way We Think About Homelessness, If The Government Funding Follows

Paul Noblet | Posted 30.10.2016 | UK Politics
Paul Noblet

For too long homelessness and rough sleeping have been seen primarily by governments of all political colours as something to deal with at the point of crisis when someone has already been forced out of the home, either as a result of economic struggles or family breakdown.

The Big Issue - Hard Sell

Lisa Ives | Posted 26.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Ives

For a couple of months now there has been a young woman selling the Big Issue magazine outside my local supermarket. Small shop on the High Street, you know the kind of thing. During these months my feelings towards her have spun out of control, from rational to downright, certifiably crazy. And I ask myself why?

Homelessness In 2016

Chris Lambert | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK
Chris Lambert

When was the last time you walked past a person who is homeless? Today? Yesterday? Last week? Or maybe you walked past someone because you were invested in your smartphone or listening to music. Chances are you will encounter a person who is homeless in the near future.

To Fix The Housing Crisis Once And For All, We Need To Reclaim The Meaning Of Home

Anne Baxendale | Posted 17.10.2016 | UK
Anne Baxendale

People defined a home according to what it enables them to do. Can I afford the rent without cutting back on food? Is it worth making friends at the school gate or might we have to move in six months? Can our kids can sleep safely and comfortably at night?

Not Even Low Unemployment Can Ward Off The Scourge Of Homelessness As Rents Rise And Wage Growth Slows

Rhea Silva | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Rhea Silva

Official figures show homelessness is rising. Against a backdrop of low unemployment yet slowing wage growth, there has been a 10% rise in the number of homeless households in England.

Homelessness - Bricks And Mortar And More Besides

Dave Clements | Posted 28.09.2016 | UK
Dave Clements

The complexity of the homelessness problem is undeniable and its causes are multiple: families evicted from their homes into B&Bs, people falling foul...

No Home, No Chance: Lack Of Housing Stops Women From Turning Their Lives Around On Release From Prison

Jenny Earle | Posted 23.09.2016 | UK
Jenny Earle

This week the Prison Reform Trust and Women in Prison published a new report. It found that a chronic shortage of safe and stable housing for women leaving prison is leading to more crime, more victims and greater use of unnecessary and expensive imprisonment. Six in ten women leaving prison may not have a home to go to on release, and recent prison inspectorate reports suggest that the situation may be getting worse. Vulnerable women, desperate to secure a safe place to stay, are being deemed intentionally homeless and not in priority need. For some, getting sent back to prison seems like the only solution.

Not Many 'Get Well' Cards: Reflecting On Mental Health And Homelessness

Hilary Nightingale | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK
Hilary Nightingale

Mental health problems are often hidden. Unknown to those around them, people may be living with mental illness, whether that's a diagnosis such as schizophrenia or a so-called low level problem like anxiety or depression.

This Charity Has Helped 11,000 Homeless People Make A Fresh Start

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle

“Without Emmaus I would have probably ended up dying on the streets,” says Sean, 56. He’s just one of the 11,000 homeless people Emmaus has help...

This Coffee Shop Is Employing Homeless People

The Huffington Post | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 04.09.2016 | UK

A coffee shop set up to help people affected by homelessness has handed out 300 free meals in just three months. Founded by 21-year-old Julius Ibrahim...

Homelessness Strategy Must Address Root Causes Of Rough Sleeping

Carl Thomson | Posted 31.08.2016 | UK Politics
Carl Thomson

What is also required is a strategy to improve prospects for those already in the homeless system - reducing the length of time that people need to stay in emergency accommodation, and giving them the skills and confidence they need to go back out into the world and live independently.

What happens when you have nowhere safe to stay?

Beatrice Orchard | Posted 19.08.2016 | UK Politics
Beatrice Orchard

Despite the dangers involved, the law currently offers little protection for many facing street homelessness. Current homelessness statute in England effectively provides an 'all-or-nothing' approach where only households meeting restricted criteria qualify, leaving many with no help at all.

This Fashion Brand Is Employing Homeless People To Give Them A Better Life

The Huffington Post | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 17.08.2016 | UK Style

A fashion brand making vegan, sustainable bags from surplus army materials is taking on homeless people to teach them new skills. What Daisy Did has t...

This Student's Chatbot Will Offer Free Legal Aid To The Homeless And Refugees

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 10.08.2016 | UK Tech

It seems there’s no problem that Joshua Browder’s chatbot cannot tackle. First, the Stanford undergraduate programmed the AI assistant to help peo...

These Real Life Lego Houses Are Made Of Waste Plastic And Housing The Homeless

The Huffington Post | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 10.08.2016 | UK Tech

This house might look like it’s made from bricks and mortar, but it’s actually made from plastic. And not just any plastic - waste plastic that’...

When Politics and Economics F*** up, It's Time for Art and Culture to Step-Up

Gia Marie Barbera | Posted 07.07.2016 | UK Entertainment
Gia Marie Barbera

Writer: Tony McBride, adapted from the teleplay by Jeremy Sandford Director: Tony McBride Choreographer: Sarah Levinsky Composer: Ronaldo Fifty yea...

Homeless Ex-Soldier Takes Job Hunt Sign On Tube And Gets The Best Possible Reaction

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 10.06.2016 | UK

A homeless former soldier got the best possible reaction after taking a whiteboard sign on the Tube in a bold attempt at finding work. Bradley Henders...

Homelessness - Accommodating to Lowered Expectations

Dave Clements | Posted 04.06.2016 | UK
Dave Clements

Courtney Cox and David Beckham have recently drawn attention to those sleeping rough (or at least to their part in drawing our attention to them). And rightly too. There were 1,768 people sleeping rough in England in autumn 2010. This more than doubled to 3,569 in 2015.

Teen Who Uses Pocket Money To Feed Homeless Reveals Even Bigger Plans

SWNS | George Bowden | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education

A kind-hearted teen who spends his pocket money on feeding the homeless is seeking funding to open up a soup kitchen - to help feed even more. Hamish...

Refugees Without Refuge: England's Forgotten Refugees

Lisa Doyle | Posted 20.05.2016 | UK Politics
Lisa Doyle

For people who have escaped war, torture and rape; being granted asylum in Britain should be a moment of immense relief; a time to finally stop running and instead to focus on rebuilding their shattered lives.

Can Charities Counter Housing Decisions That Leave Vulnerable People at Risk?

Beth Burgess | Posted 18.05.2016 | UK
Beth Burgess

Thousands of pounds, which might have been spent on B&B accommodation, substance- or violence-related hospital admissions, and re-imprisonment are saved when people are supported to heal and grow with specialist services and safe accommodation.

Thousands Are Sharing This Guy's *Amazing* Homeless Fundraising Appeal

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 11.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education

A 24-year-old phone shop worker from Edinburgh has trounced a fundraising target after his efforts to help homeless people were commended by thousands...

Homeless Women: If a Woman's Place Is in the Home, How Does She Survive Without One?

Sophie Tanner | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK
Sophie Tanner

To my shame, I've never actually considered how a homeless woman's experience might differ from a man's. Mainly because I've never had the misfortune of getting anywhere close to identifying with rough sleepers, let alone considering the gendered issues that arise from being a woman on the streets...