Entries by Jamie Leeming

Homeless Teenager Forces Council To Change Unfair Housing Policy

A London council has been forced to U-turn on a policy that automatically blocked 1,200 people from getting onto the housing waiting list, reports The Mirror. Homeless teenager Shadacia White, 18, was due to take Brent Council to the High Court on Wednesday over its ‘inhumane’ policy that bans certain people from applying for council […]

Rough Sleeper Village Planned for Manchester

Plans are under way to build the UK’s largest village for rough sleepers in one of Manchester’s most desirable neighbourhoods, reports The Guardian. Embassy Village will provide homes for 40 men in purpose-built pods underneath 10 railway arches in the Castlefield district, where one-bedroom flats regularly sell for £250,000. Sandwiched between the River Irwell and the […]

Rise In Post-Pandemic Homelessness

The scale of England’s homelessness crisis has been laid bare after new data released by the government reveals almost 100 households are being made homeless each day in England, reports Yahoo news. The figures reveal more than 180,000 households have been pushed into homelessness since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The stark data shows that […]

Help For Struggling Renters Welcome – But It’s Not Enough!

Vulnerable renters who have fallen into arrears during the pandemic will be helped with a £65m support package this winter, the government has announced. According to a report in The Guardian, councils in England will be able to use the funding to support low-income earners who are behind on their rent, the Department for Levelling […]

Mental Health Support For Homeless Veterans Is Axed

Homeless veterans living at the UK’s largest Army barracks have lost vital mental health support after government funding stopped, a charity has said. The Riverside charity has helped hundreds of ex-servicemen and women in supported accommodation at the Beacon centre at Catterick Garrison, reports the BBC. Housing continues, but tailored mental health support ended in […]

‘Perfect Storm’ Puts Liverpool Rough Sleepers At Risk

Over the past 18 months, something remarkable happened in cities like Liverpool, writes Liam Thorp for the Liverpool Echo. For a sustained period, when walking around the city centre, you would struggle to see anyone sleeping rough. No sleeping bags, hardly any makeshift beds. The pandemic spread untold pain and misery in cities like this […]

Higher Rates of Homelessness Amongst Young Black People

Youth homeless in the UK has increased by an estimated two-fifths in five years, rising to more than 120,000, a leading charity director has warned, as fresh analysis suggests that black households are likely to be disproportionally affected, reports the Guardian. Seyi Obakin, the chief executive of Centrepoint, the UK’s leading youth homelessness charity, said […]

How Do You Explain Homelessness To A Child?

A little girl is on mission to make homeless people smile in Chester and Liverpool, reports the Liverpool Echo. Carly Davies, 25, had just picked up her six-year-old niece, Lia, from school last Monday (October 11) afternoon when the little girl made a surprise suggestion. Carly told the Echo: “She said that she saw somebody […]

Objections To New Homeless Centre In Manchester

Plans to open a shelter near Manchester’s Green Quarter offering homeless men support services and a pathway into living independently have encountered local opposition, reports the Manchester Evening News. MCR Property Group and the Manchester Homeless Partnership want to provide accommodation for 31 ‘low-risk’ individuals from vacant buildings north of the city centre on Lord […]

All Aboard The Bus!

London buses are being fitted out to help the homeless as winter looms, reports Sky News. The number of rough sleepers has risen over the past 18 months, with an estimated 130,000 households made homeless because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, two London buses have been fitted out to help the city’s thousands of homeless people […]