Over 9,000 homeless not going home for Christmas
More than nine thousand people won’t be ‘going home for Christmas’. Instead they’ll be waking up in cars and tents, or on buses and trains. The figure comes from the homeless charity Crisis, which says many people miss out on help because they are not spotted sleeping on the streets. Jane Deith has been to…
Homelessness – the young people with nowhere to call home this Christmas
It’s the longest night of the year: four days before Christmas when many people are beginning to head home for the holidays. But for thousands of young people living rough on the streets or with nowhere secure to live: there is no home. In the latest in our series on Britain’s homeless Symeon Brown has…
FactCheck: how many people live on the streets?
The number of rough sleepers recorded in England has more than doubled since 2010. FactCheck takes a look.
Sadiq Khan: ‘Rough sleeping is a blight on London’
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has been out launching a new rough sleeping campaign, in conjunction with 18 different charities.
Lynnette Kelly and Victor Adebowale on drug consumption rooms
West Midlands Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner, Dr Lynnette Kelly, and Lord Victor Adebowale, the chief executive of Turning Point discuss homelessness and drug abuse.
Government figures say number of homeless people went up this year
The urgent demand for more homes has been underlined by the latest government figures. The number of homeless households went up six per cent between June and September this year. A spokesman for the local government association said today that over the last three years the task facing councils was the equivalent of finding temporary…
Art classes for the homeless
When Lord Bird founded the Big Issue in 1991, he hoped a job selling the magazine would be a turning point in the life of a homeless person.
The perils of short-term rentals
The wait for a more permanent home was a situation faced by the family of film maker Daisy May Hudson. After being evicted, she, her mother and younger sister spent a year in hostels before being rehoused.
Homeless suffer violence and abuse
The charity Crisis says that almost eight in ten homeless people have suffered some sort of violence or abuse in the past year, with the majority of rough sleepers saying life on the street is getting worse. We’ve been speaking to two former homeless men about the abuse they experienced and why the Christmas period can often be the very worst time of year.
FactCheck: No room for complacency on homelessness
Homelessness figures are still low compared to the high they reached in 2003 – but they’re already climbing sharply.