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from The Guardian

Ministers urged to halt right-to-buy scheme

More than 40% of former council homes now rented out by private landlords

Ministers are facing calls to shelve Margaret Thatcher’s totemic right-to-buy scheme after a devastating analysis revealed that more than 40% of council houses sold under its terms in London are now privately rented.

The damning findings of an analysis of Freedom of Information data also show that:

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Source: The Guardian: Homelessness

Crystal Palace football club offers rough sleepers a refuge

Up to 10 people will be able to sleep at Selhurst Park when temperatures drop below zero

Crystal Palace football club has offered rough sleepers a room inside their stadium to spend the night, prompting a local councillor to call on other Premier League clubs to follow their lead.

Eight people used the shelter – a lounge which now serves as an overnight emergency refuge when temperatures hit freezing – on Thursday night, the first time it was opened.

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Source: The Guardian: Homelessness

Families facing homelessness after tycoon issues eviction notices

Controversial landlord Fergus Wilson forces Kent householders to find new homes

Dozens of families are facing the risk of homelessness after receiving eviction notices from one of Britain’s biggest and most controversial buy-to-let tycoons.

Fergus Wilson is giving 90 households in Ashford, Kent two months to get out after he decided to sell his 700 property portfolio in the county estimated to be worth more than £200m. He is expected to issue hundreds more evictions in the coming months before retiring to “take life easy”.

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Source: The Guardian: Homelessness

Houseless in Alaska: why I opted for mountain views and porcupine dinners

Homeless implies a moral failure while being houseless – lacking a permanent three-dimensional structure – is less stress on the planet and on my brain

I am a 64-year-old navy veteran of the Vietnam era and houseless in the tundra, somewhere around 65 degrees north latitude. I have been scrambling around these parts since 2013, inhabiting a variety of iterations, from riverbank tent camps to cabins, buses and RVs and occasionally at fancy lodges when I have worked caretaking gigs. I live like this in protest of our consumer society. I find it more fulfilling, more authentic, less stress – on the planet and on my brain.

Feckless? Maybe. Shiftless? Probably. Irresponsible? Absolutely! But homeless? I beg to differ. Homeless implies an individual moral failure, which may indeed aptly describe one part of my character. Houseless is simply lacking a permanent three-dimensional structure.

I hear more of nature’s notes than the white noise of civilization, and I can pretty much pee anywhere

This article was supported by the Economic Hardship Reporting Project and the Puffin Foundation

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Source: The Guardian: Homelessness

California is moving homeless people into sheds – but is it right?

The city of Oakland has kicked people off the streets and moved them into cabin communities. But this ‘innovative solution’ is leaving some behind

Eric Clark didn’t know if he’d survive the sheds.

As the city of Oakland began clearing homeless communities off the streets last year and placing them into sheds under a freeway, the 51-year-old reluctantly moved in and quickly had problems. One day, another occupant pulled a gun on him during an argument.

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They’ve been stripped of their community in the streets

I sat there and cried. They tore my house down

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Source: The Guardian: Homelessness

Dublin's homelessness tour guide: 'This is a chance to tell my story'

Guide joins tourism scene of Ireland’s capital as housing climbs political agenda

Dublin boasts a rich variety of tours – literary pub crawls, Guinness brewery tastings, Trinity College walkabouts, splashing through the Liffey dressed as a viking – but the latest one has a bleak, contemporary theme: homelessness.

A homelessness crisis in Ireland’s capital has prompted the launch of a walking tour, given by a formerly homeless guide, through an inner city of gritty streets and quiet desperation that tourists seldom see.

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Source: The Guardian: Homelessness

My walk to work shows me how homelessness is transforming Britain

At my local homeless shelter, some inhabitants leave every night to work at Amazon factories; some are Uber drivers

My walk to work is not a long one – 15 minutes at a decent clip. Nor is it a particularly lovely one, as it largely involves trudging down Caledonian Road, a London high street so tatty, it features in the next series of The Crown as a stand-in for grim 70s Britain. The TV crew didn’t even have to add dated shop signs or abandoned store fronts, since they all still come as standard.

But the great advantage of my commute is that it’s above ground. On the tube, all you notice is how delayed your train is and how badly it smells. Overground, you watch your neighbourhood changing around you, and the biggest change this past year has been the number of homeless people I pass on my way to work.

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Source: The Guardian: Homelessness

Canadian woman becomes eighth person to die in charity bin since 2015

Charities are rethinking design of bins as advocates for homeless, who use the bins as shelter, are calling them ‘death traps’

Seemingly harmless charity donation bins have become what advocates for the homeless are calling “death traps” following multiple incidents of people dying after getting stuck in bins.

Most recently, a 35-year-old Canadian woman was found dead in a clothing donation bin in Toronto on Tuesday morning. Police cut open the donation bin in an attempt to rescue the woman, but she was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Canadian Press. Toronto’s mayor, John Tory, said the city is investigating the safety and design of the bins.

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Source: The Guardian: Homelessness