Entries by Jamie Leeming

First Detox Centre For Homeless People

London’s first dedicated detox unit for homeless people is set to open on 14 June to help save the lives of some of the city’s most vulnerable people and provide them with an avenue off the streets for good. The service, led by PHE London, was set up in partnership with the Greater London Authority, […]

130,000 Households Made Homeless During Pandemic

While ban on evictions protected some people, domestic abuse and loss of temporary accommodation were common triggers for homelessness, reports The Guardian. At least 130,000 households in England were made homeless during the first year of the pandemic, despite the government’s ban on evictions, according to data sourced by the Observer. With the ban now over, […]

Bosco Teams Up With New Charity To Create Green Spaces

The Bosco Society is delighted to announce they’re working with a new charity, Jackpine, to create a new green space at their hostel in Bootle. The project aims to help tackle climate change, boost mental health, biodiversity, and aesthetics by creating a new green space that involves planting numerous plants on a ‘green wall’ and […]

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 […]