Homelessness has been rising year upon year for the last seven years, these ten articles provide a snapshot of the latest figures, stories and responses to the State of the Nation today.
The Big Picture
An introduction to the legal definitions of homelessness as provided by the homelessness charity Shelter.
In April 2017 new measures were introduced to ensure local authorities can provide more meaningful support to people. The bill receives cross party support and has been hailed by homelessness charities yet there is not a date for it to come into force.
At the turn of 2017, Shelter release statistics showing huge numbers of hidden homeless people, the government claims to not recognise these figures.
Art and Activism
Anti homeless spikes have appeared in cities around the UK over the last few years. Controversial, unpopular and divisive, this article describes the actions of one person who took matters into their own hands in Manchester.
This article responds to ground breaking research conducted by Focus E-15 and researchers Kate Hardy and Tom Gillespie. The research explores the effects of displacement, out of borough placements and demonstrates the affects of the housing crisis on the lives of ordinary people.
Formerly homeless artist David Tovey joins forces with the Museum of Homelessness and a number of other new organisations are highlighted in this article about a new wave of socially aware museums.
State of the Nation
The impact of legal highs on the homelessness population has been devastating in recent years. Vice highlights the shocking impacts of the history and present day realities of the street drug Spice.
One in ten people sleeping rough in the UK have served in our armed forces. This article gives more insight into another disturbing trend.
In early 2017 a row erupted over claims that rough sleepers are being removed from the country unfairly. The dispute centres on powers the Home Office is using and this article offers a response to the criticisms from one of the homelessness charities who have been implicated in the row.
Jeremy Hayden writes in the Pavement about his experiences of being homeless and the ever present problems of mental health and drug addiction he had on the streets. This article investigates why his experience is so common.