Shelter


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 […]

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 […]

Shelter: Two families in London are made homeless EVERY hour.

Two families in London are made homeless every hour, a leading homeless charity claimed today.   Homeless: London families are at risk of losing their homes AP   Shelter predicted that 1,260 families in the capital will lose their home in the next month and 7,370 over the next six months – the equivalent of a household […]

London’s homeless numbers continue to rise dramatically to 170,000

Shelter calculates that 170,000 people are homeless in London today Lewisham’s pop-up village for homeless people. Photograph: Martin Godwin for the Guardian London dominates estimates of national homelessness newly published by Shelter. This, of course, is no surprise. Neither are high levels of homelessness anything new in the capital. In his book London: The Heartless City, […]

Shelter’s homeless helpline now receiving calls for help every 30 seconds

A helpline run by an anti-homelessness charity now receives one call asking for help every 30 seconds, new figures reveal. Shelter’s advice line has seen the volume of calls rise by 50,000 in the past 12 months, with one in four cases taken on by the line from people who are homeless or at risk […]

Free Rent in Return for Sex Ads Exploiting London’s Most Vulnerable

 A recent report by Shelter has unveiled  disturbing attempts to exploit homeless women by offering free accommodation in return for sexual favors. An undercover journalist posed as a prospective tenant and answered an advert placed in Craigslist titled: “Free accommodation for genuine girl in spacious flat…No rent, no deposit, nothing to pay.” When the reporter text messaged the prospective landlord to find […]

The new benefit change that could now put 330,000 families on the street

A small change in the law could put the hundreds of thousands of working families at risk of losing their homes. This is why and what you can do about it New rules could see thousands of families facing eviction ‘ The local housing allowance freeze which kicked in this month could leave hundreds of […]

Shelter swamped with 1,200 calls every day from people who fear losing their home

A charity is being swamped with more than 1,200 calls every day from desperate people struggling to keep a roof over their heads. Homelessness campaign group Shelter reveals it has received 50,000 extra calls to its helpline in the past year – a rise of 12% to 450,000 in total. Around 25% were from those who feared losing […]

This Christmas over 100,000 children will wake up homeless – 15,000 more than last year

More than 100,000 children will wake up homeless this Christmas with the numbers rocketing by 15,000 in the past year. . A report warns the equivalent of four youngsters in every UK school are being forced to live in temporary housing – the highest level since the height of the financial crisis in 2008. The number of families living […]

‘No children, no dogs, no DSS’: The demonisation of benefit claimants fuelling homelessness.

Being evicted from a private rented home is now the main cause of homelessness. And with £12 billion of welfare cuts on the horizon – and housing benefit first in line for the chop – it’s set to get even tougher for renters on low incomes. Who will help them? Certainly not Britain’s landlords. A cursory […]