Entries by Jamie Leeming

The Town That Eliminated Homelessness

In 2009, the city of Medicine Hat, in southern Alberta, Canada, pledged to put an end to homelessness. Now city officials say they’ve fulfilled their promise. The answer seems simple: if you’ve got no place to go, they’ll provide you with housing. Nowadays, under a programme called Housing First, no one in the city spends more than ten days […]

Housing Benefits Caught In The Crossfire Of Political Infighting

Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, is targeting housing benefit to pay for a climb down over tax credit changes, according to The Sunday Times. Mr. Osborne has faced stiff resistance from both political opponents and Conservative rebels over plans to slash tax credits for millions of working families. Under plans announced in the Summer […]

Jilted Bride Invites Homeless To The Non-Wedding Reception

A jilted bride saw past her heartbreak and threw her planned wedding reception for the benefit of her local homeless community instead. Quinn Duane, 27, was due to tie the knot with Landon Dorup on the 17th of October in Sacramento, USA. But the groom-to-be got cold feet and called off the wedding at the […]

‘Wet House’ Idea To Be Tried In Australia

A programme involving dispensing alcohol, just like medication, may be an answer to problems associated with homeless people battling chronic drink problems, say researchers. A new report, Feasibility of a Managed Alcohol Program (MAP) for Sydney’s homeless, has been prepared by St Vincent’s Hospital and funded by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education. Unlike […]

Excel Open New Services For Veterans

  In a timely nod to the sacrifices made by our armed forces on Remembrance Day, Excel Housing Solutions have opened new facilities to provide supported accommodation for some of Liverpool’s ex-services personnel. Jenny Barnes, from Excel, said: “We have recently opened two services for veterans with support needs. All the properties are shared and […]

A Not So Merry Xmas On The Cards For The UK’s Homeless Families

More than 100,000 children will wake up homeless on Christmas morning, according to a new report. The number of children being forced to live in temporary housing is at the highest level since 2008, with the numbers rocketing by 15,000 in the past year. The report, from the housing charity Shelter, warns that the equivalent […]

Amsterdam street drinkers paid in beer to collect litter

Free beer is the order of the day at the Rainbow Group in Amsterdam, but you have to clear the streets of rubbish to qualify. Around 20 street-drinkers have joined the project. They start at 09.00, have regular breaks for beer, cigarettes and a hot lunch – all provided free of charge – and finish […]

Venus Makers Keep On Making

Venus are renowned for the diverse range of activities and sessions that happen at Our Place, that anyone in the community can get involved with. One such activity is our Makers Project. The Makers Project started off with a funded tutor a year ago, with the aim of supporting people to participate and develop cottage-industry skills […]

A Lifesaver Comes To Sefton

The lifesaving drug Naloxone could soon be more readily available to residents of supported housing services in Sefton. A recent change in the law means that Naloxone, an antidote to heroin overdose, could soon be in every hostel in the Borough. Under previous legislation, only a hostel’s doctor or residents’ GPs could prescribe Naloxone to […]

Homeless street-drinkers brew their own beer

An innovative project in Vancouver, Canada, has come up with a novel way to help street drinkers refrain from drinking harmful products like mouthwash and hand sanitiser – they teach clients how to brew their own beer and wine. Launched last year, the alcohol cooperative scheme supplies members with five liters of home-brewed beer or […]