Specsavers Offer Free Eye Care For The Homeless

Specsavers is opening its stores out-of-hours to offer free eye care for people experiencing homelessness, reports the Mirror. The pilot scheme has seen 45 stores across the UK sign up to offer free sight tests, eye-care, and glasses in a safe, judgement-free space. The initiative follows research that found 40 per cent of those affected […]

Royal College Of Nursing Demand Healthcare For The Homeless

At RCN Congress on Thursday, union members voted to instruct the RCN to demand the UK government to mandate specialist-accessible care for those experiencing rough sleeping, reports Kirsten Bland for the Nursing Times. It comes amid fierce criticism of the Criminal Justice Bill during the last parliament that sought to further criminalise rough sleeping. People […]

“Supported Housing Is Facing A Huge Crisis At The Moment”

Hannah Debellotte and Charlie Gibbs are joking around as they make lunch in the shared kitchen of their supported-living flats, reports the BBC. Charlie’s on a day off from her job at a nursery, while Hannah has just started a course to become a nail technician. They’ve both come a long way since moving here in […]

Rough Sleeping Insights Tool: Using Tech To Count The Homeless

James MacTavish, Engagement Manager at Faculty #LPSInnovation, explains how new technology can help the homeless. London rough sleeping data is siloed, being held across 10s of disparate systems across the capital. This makes it difficult to view an end-to-end journey, how effective countermeasures have been, and whether there are common barriers preventing people from accessing […]

Man Hiding Under Her Bed Was Homeless

A woman has gone viral on social media after claiming she found a man hiding in her bedroom – and subsequently found out he’d been squatting in her home for four months, reports the Mirror. The woman, known as K on TikTok, shared the chilling saga in two parts, which sounds like something out of […]

Hidden Homeless Living In The Woods

The Hyndburn Lead visits a woodland in Lancashire where people have been increasingly living in tents after failing to get the help they need. Encountering kitchen lighters, chopping boards, and garlic puree while on a woodland walk, would probably leave you asking a few questions. They could go mistaken as the remnants of a few […]

‘Homelessness Is A Huge Part Of Our Culture’

The Museum of Homelessness has opened in a new fixed home in north London after years as a touring exhibition. BBC London went to take a look. Lisa Ogun, who was homeless for many years from her late teens, tells an audience the tale behind a walking stick. Its owner had it by his side […]

Homelessness Is A Health Emergency

There is no evidence that policies that criminalise already destitute people do anything but harm, say Alex Bax and John Middleton in the British Medical Journal. A few weeks ago, we gave evidence to an international inquiry convened by the UN Special Rapporteurs on the right to housing and on extreme poverty and human rights. […]

Music Festival Funds New Homes For Rough Sleepers

Akins House recently opened its doors in Nottingham after cash raised at Beat the Streets festival helped charity Framework get the development over the line, reports the Big Issue. The block of eight purpose-built flats at Akins House opened at the end of April thanks to the cash raised by the annual one-day music festival […]

Kirkby Woman Faces Shock Eviction

A woman is facing eviction after a housing association refused to allow her to take up her late mother’s tenancy due to it already having been passed to her dead brother, reports the BBC. Anna Martin wanted to succeed Veronica Martin, 79, as the tenant of their Kirkby home after Mrs Martin died in March. […]