Homelessness in the UK

The Birmingham homeless man with the bag business idea
Kev used to sell his drawings on the streets of Birmingham until a customer offered him an alternative.

Sleep out in The Shed highlights homelessness

Fundraisers have spent the night sleeping in the famous shed stand at Gloucester Rugby's Kingsholm stadium.

The Gloucester Rugby Community Charity organises the annual event alongside city homeless charity Gloucester City Mission.

Last year's event raised £60,000 for Cheltenham charity Caring for Communities and People, which helped allow a new winter shelter to be opened.

"I had no idea what to expect," said Tim Sandies from the charity Street Vets, who was one of about 40 people to participate last night.

"I set the target at £100 but then put it up to £250 and for one uncomfortable night, to have already raised myself about £650 is great.

"It will make a big difference to people who have to sleep out like this."

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Church groups gather to discuss helping homeless people

Church groups are holding a conference today to look in more detail at homelessness in Cumbria.

Churches Together in Cumbria says recent figures showing a 22% increase in the number of homeless people dying in England and Wales are "shocking".

The north west had the second highest number of deaths in 2018, and the group says although the number of homeless people Cumbria is lower than elsewhere, it's becoming a bigger issue.

Dalston homeless hostel for over nearly 300 families

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Plans for a new purpose-built, 292-room hostel for homeless families in Dalston have been given the go-ahead to be built.

It will be kitted out with workstations, a launderette, 24-hour security and free wifi.

However, local councillors and residents have warned families’ stays in the 20-square-metre units are likely to be anything but temporary.

Labour councillors Polly Billington and James Peters said: “The application continues to perpetuate the myth that this housing is temporary, yet we know that’s just not true.

“Children go to school from hostels in our ward that they were born in."

Hackney currently has 3,200 homeless families living in temporary accommodation.

Council officer Jan Clark said the rooms in the hostel were designed as “good quality studio accommodation for families with nowhere else to go and who are in a housing crisis”.

She added although the council has been sending families to other boroughs such as Croydon, Basildon and Harrow it wanted to keep them in Hackney "where possible".

Hundreds sign up for homelessness sleepout

BBC Midlands Today

A record number of volunteers have signed up to sleep in the ruins of Coventry Cathedral tonight, to raise awareness of youth homelessness.

Coventry Cathedral
BBC

Hundreds of people are expected to spend the night sleeping rough to raise money for the charity, St Basil's, which supports young people living on the streets.

It follows a 42% rise in homelessness in the West Midlands during the last year, says the charity.