homeless


Brighton Centre to be used as homeless night shelter this winter

The Brighton Centre is to open its doors to the homeless this winter as part of a council scheme to use empty buildings to house rough sleepers. A large room in the council-owned building is currently being prepared to be used a shelter for up to 30 people. It’s currently due to open on 10 […]

Council cruelly ‘strongly advise’ public not to donate food or money to those at ‘Camp Groves’

Wrexham Council have ‘strongly advised’ that members of the public do not donate food and money to those currently based on the Groves homeless camp site – instead encouraging people to donate directly to charities or organisations offering services instead.   The request to the public has been made by the local authority in a […]

How charities helped to deport homeless migrants

The Home Office has exploited sensitive information about rough sleepers to deport non-UK nationals. And there’s worse to come. When Theresa May told migrants that there would be no easy ride in Britain, it wasn’t so much a statement as a threat. In the three years since, she has kept her word. The streets aren’t paved with gold – […]

Home Office secretly using charity data map to deport rough sleepers

Charities say data collected to help charities identify vulnerable individuals was used against them by the Home Office.   The Home Office secretly acquired sensitive data, showing the nationality of people sleeping rough on the streets, in order to remove them from Britain. .  Stenciled outside one of St. Mungo’s London offices A chain of emails […]

UK family found guilty of enslaving homeless and disabled people

Lincolnshire gang forced at least 18 victims to work for little or no pay and live in squalor for up to 26 years  Convicted gang members (top row, L-R): Bridget Rooney, Gerald Rooney, John Rooney, 53, John Rooney, 31, Lawrence Rooney, Martin Rooney, 35,(bottom row, L-R): Martin Rooney Sr, Martin Rooney, 23 Patrick Rooney, 54, […]

Homeless veteran begs for shelter outside homeless charity’s multi-million pound headquarters

A down-on-his-luck man has spent years begging strangers to ‘give me shelter’ while sleeping rough on a street – opposite the headquarters of Britain’s biggest homeless charity. Army veteran Tony Richards has built himself a makeshift camp on the cold street opposite the posh London headquarters of Shelter, a charity who work to help the […]

This is what it is like to be 11 years old and homeless

‘At Christmas time, I didn’t want to be in this world’ Sam with his terminally ill father. . In the temporary accommodation block for the homeless, 11-year-old Sam* tells you about life in a flat so cramped that he, his brother, sister, mum and dad can’t all sit in the living room at the same time, or eat […]

Homeless people in Oxford threatened with £2,500 fines

City council under fire after legal notices pinned to rough sleepers’ bags left in shop doorways  The rough sleepers’ belongings were having a detrimental effect on other people’s quality of life, the council notices said. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Homeless people putting their possessions in shop doorways in Oxford have been threatened with fines of up to £2,500. […]

Housing people fast is five times cheaper than homelessness – here’s why

Our research in Liverpool shows the potential benefits of giving homeless people housing first . . For John*, having his own front door has made a world of difference. When our researchers met him, he had finally found a rented home after being homeless for more than five years. Now he is being supported in […]

Online adverts ‘exploit homeless for sex’

Young, vulnerable people are being targeted with online classified adverts offering accommodation in exchange for sex, a BBC investigation has found. The deals, which are legal, are on classified ad sites such as craigslist. Charities have described the adverts as exploitative and Hove MP Peter Kyle wants them made illegal. Craigslist, which on one day […]