Entries by Jamie Leeming

Homeless To Receive Extra Housing Support Says Government

Thousands of vulnerable people, including the homeless and care leavers, will get more cash to pay their rent, thanks to changes to housing benefits. These changes are coming into force from Monday 31 May 2021 – two years earlier than scheduled. This will offer £10 million of additional housing support, bringing the total projected government […]

Homeless Woman Dies Not Knowing Of £600,000 Inheritance

A desperate homeless mum died in a shelter unaware she had £600,000 of unclaimed inheritance, reports The Mirror. Cathy Boone, 49, passed away after efforts to trace her and hand over the fortune failed. The mum-of-two, from Oregon, USA, was the rightful owner of the money after her mother died in 2016. But despite newspaper […]

Homeless Man Becomes TikTok Star

A drama student who is officially homeless has become one of Britain’s top TikTok stars with more than 10 million followers. Ehiz Ufuah, 22, lives with his family in emergency accommodation after they fell on hard times and lost their council home 15 months ago, reports The Mirror. Now his big ambition is to buy […]

Nearly A Million People Face Homelessness

A ban on bailiff-enforced evictions designed to cut families some slack during the coronavirus pandemic has come to an end as of today, June 1st, reports The Metro. Hundreds of thousands of households are worried about losing their homes as the Government confirmed the temporary measure introduced to reduce the burden on renters during difficult […]

Eviction Ban In Sefton Ends This Month

Tenants and landlords in Sefton have been urged to seek support as the government’s ban on evictions comes to an end on Monday, May 31, reports Tom Martin in The Champion. The ban, which was brought into place in response to the coronavirus pandemic, was extended from its original September deadline but will now end […]

New Advocacy Guidance For Homeless 16 And 17 Year-Olds

Young people aged 16 and 17 who become homeless can be housed under the Housing Act or the Children Act, writes Lauren Page-Hammick at Homeless Link. The piece of legislation they are housed under will affect what support they are entitled to, where they are housed and whether the local authority has owes them a […]

London Boroughs Fear A ‘Wave Of Homelessness’

Homelessness in London is expected to reach its highest ever levels by Christmas boroughs are warning. The Evening Standard reports that London Councils said the capital faces the “most severe homelessness crisis” in the country and a “triple whammy” of the government ending of the eviction ban, Covid emergency funding and the furlough scheme over […]

How One Young Woman Escaped Homelessness

Over 121,000 young people experienced, or were at risk of homelessness at the start of 2020, which is an increase of 10% when compared to 2019. Over the pandemic the situation has worsened – calls to homeless support helplines have risen by 50% while mental health support has decreased. To help combat this wider issue, […]

Funding For Rough Sleepers ‘Will Only Scratch The Surface’

More rough sleepers in England will be helped off the streets and into housing this year as part of a £203m programme, the government has announced. Some 2,688 people were estimated to be sleeping rough on any single night in England last autumn, reports the BBC. Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said the money will be […]

Paint Thrown Over Homeless Woman In Liverpool

Police are investigating after a homeless woman sat outside a south Liverpool shop was covered in paint in a shocking attack. The horrific incident happened on Saturday evening outside the Tesco Metro store on Aigburth Road in the St Michael’s area of south Liverpool, reports the Liverpool Echo. The woman, who is believed to be […]