Homes For Afghan Refugees

There has been an unprecedented surge in people offering up their spare rooms to a charity pairing homeless refugees and asylum seekers with temporary hosts, reports The Mirror. A charity pairing homeless refugees and asylum seekers with temporary hosts said there had been an unprecedented surge in applications. Around 300 new hosts have signed up […]

Homeless Man Plans To Go To University

A 58-year-old Big Issue seller is planning to go to university after passing his English and Maths GCSEs, reports the Metro. Clive Rowe, who sells the magazine outside Plymouth’s Theatre Royal, secured the qualifications after turning his life around following struggles with homelessness and addiction. Clive took courses at City College Plymouth during the pandemic, […]

Safe Spaces For Homeless Women Suffering Domestic Abuse

Up to 140 single gender spaces will be created as part of a £3.7m fund providing safe accommodation with expert specialist support. But does this go far enough for women experiencing homelessness and domestic abuse? Michaela Campbell at Homeless Link explains. Following royal assent in April 2021 the landmark Domestic Abuse Act is set to […]

Homeless Doctor Retrains As A Vicar

A former homeless asylum-seeking doctor is to retrain as a vicar in the hope of helping others, reports the BBC. Edith Iheama came to the UK from Nigeria and fought for 10 years to remain in the country in a process she said made her feel “worthless”. Now settled in Nottinghamshire, Dr Iheama said she […]

As Covid Restrictions Ease What Should Homeless Services Do?

As we begin to return to pre-Covid ways of living through the lifting of restrictions and a reliance on vaccination success, it begs the question what has changed for homelessness provision and what role must we play to keep people safe, both now and in the future? Homeless Link’s Natalie Allen investigates. Andrew Hayward, Professor […]

Improve Access To Primary Care For The Homeless

Patients experiencing homelessness use hospital services, especially emergency admissions, at much higher rates than housed patients according to new research. The study’s authors believe the research indicates the need to improve access to primary care, including GPs, along with implementing other interventions for people experiencing homelessness. The research was led by Charlie Moss from The […]

‘Support Don’t Deport’ Campaign

More than 100 local authorities and charities have made the pledge to not participate in new Home Office rules around rough sleeping. The pledge is part of the charity Homeless Link’s ‘Support Don’t Deport’ campaign, urging local authorities and homelessness charities to not make referrals under new Home Office immigration rules which make rough sleeping grounds for […]

Thousands Of Liverpool Homes Lie Empty

More than 4,500 properties in Liverpool have been empty for at least six months, recent government figures show. That means that the city has seen more long-term vacant homes than any other council area in the North West, reports the Liverpool Echo. Using Freedom of Information requests, Admiral found that the city has 4,631 empty […]

Cuts To Universal Credit Will Increase Housing Insecurity

Cutting Universal Credit by £20 a week will plunge people into poverty and undermine the government’s ‘levelling-up’ agenda, housing associations in the Liverpool region have warned. The Liverpool City Region Housing Associations (LCHRA) also said the move will harm the area’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic by hitting spending at local businesses, reports Inside Housing. […]

Village For The Homeless Planned For Manchester

Plans to build a village made out of shipping containers in Manchester have now been approved. It’s an ambitious project that will bring back to life a derelict site below railway arches near the Bridgewater Canal in Hulme and provide homes and a community for those who need them most, reports ilovemanchester. The project is […]