When the pandemic began to take hold in the UK, we quickly realised that the risk to our homeless community was significant. We paused everything and redirected all our resources to campaigning and direct emergency support for our community. We formed the COVID-19 Homeless Taskforce working with our partners the Outside Project, Streets Kitchen and the Outside Project and have been operating since March 2020.
The Museum of Homelessness is forming the Dying Homeless Project Coalition, bringing together individuals, groups and organisations with a new series of meetings and events.
Founded in 2015, Museum of Homelessness (MoH) is a community driven social justice museum, created and run by people with direct experience of homelessness.
MoH tackles homelessness and housing inequality by amplifying the voices of its community through research, events, workshops, campaigns and exhibitions. MoH also provides direct support – bursaries, mentoring, training and practical support – to its community members.
Together we collect and share the art, history and culture of homelessness & housing inequality to change society for the better. Together we find hope in deeply divided and difficult times.
The Dying Homeless Project
The Dying Homeless Project is a long-term project that remembers the stories and lives of people who die homeless in the UK. As well as being a memorial, the project is also an ongoing campaign for change.
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism started the project it ran from October 2017 – March 2019. They documented that a shocking 800 people died whilst homeless. This hugely important work from the Bureau has been explored at the All Party Parliamentary Group on Homelessness and has prompted the Office for National Statistics to begin to collect some data on the deaths of homeless people, however not the full story as to how and why people have died.
Most of us involved in MoH have lost people dear to us far too early due to homelessness. This is a project that we feel strongly committed to continuing, so that we can honour those lost in our community and fight for change.