UK Homelessness

Say Yes to Homes to Solve Our Housing Crisis

David Orr | Posted 22.04.2014 | 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.

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?

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...