Entries by Jamie Leeming

Immigration status checks could increase homelessness, say charities

The government has recently announced that it will push ahead with plans to force landlords to check the immigration status of renters, following a Home Office evaluation of a pilot scheme in Birmingham. The evaluation showed that six of the local charities surveyed said people they represent had become homeless as a result of the […]

Superstar Helps Houston Homeless

The superstar singer, Beyonce, is putting her money where her mouth is to help homeless people in her hometown of Houston, Texas. Earlier this year she donated half a million dollars to Chime for Change, a global campaign that was created to help strengthen and unite the voices of young women around the world by […]

Venus Has Christmas All Wrapped Up!

As the festive season is fast approaching, there are loads of Christmassy things going on at Venus, Our Place, and their project in Halton. The Venus Children’s Christmas Party is being held on Tuesday the 22nd of December, from 1.30-3.30pm. The party is for families who have received support from Venus in the last year. If […]

Clarification On The Latest Spending Review

According to Homeless Link, a number of agencies have contacted them since the Spending Review announcement on the 25th of November, asking for more information on the proposed restriction of social housing rates of Housing Benefit to Local Housing Allowance levels and whether this applies to hostels and supported housing. There are three key things […]

Rough Sleepers Driven Away By Bagpipes

Homeless people in Bournemouth are being driven away by the ear-piercing sound of bagpipe music. The city centre travel interchange has adopted the sound as a deterrent to those wishing to sleep there. More than a dozen homeless men and women used to congregate by the station’s restrooms in the Dorset bus station, according to […]

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 […]