Homeless news updates

from The Guardian

Coag agenda: Turnbull gives ground on homelessness and family violence

Prime minister and social services minister announce homelessness funding extension and stronger legal protection in family violence cases

The federal government has announced it will make it a crime to breach personal protection injunctions issued by federal family courts, in the lead-up to the Council of Australian Governments (Coag) meeting on Friday.

The Turnbull government has also provided a reprieve to homelessness services, extending a $117.2m contribution to the sector by one year.

Related: Labor MP Emma Husar recounts personal story of domestic violence

Related: Australia does not have a welfare problem. We have a poverty problem | John Falzon

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As temperatures drop, Lily’s charity is working to keep homeless people alive | Frances Ryan

There’s a new homeless crisis in Britain as a cocktail of cuts simultaneously swells the numbers of street sleepers while denying them state-funded shelter

“It’s the increasing numbers that shocks people,” says Lily Axworthy, 25, from the Greater Manchester Winter Night Shelter (GMWNS). “I walk to work and see eight or nine people sleeping in doorways. There’s people sleeping in the car park where I leave my car. And that’s only what you can see. People are under bridges, in parks, in tents.”

The story of GMWNS – set up by Lily, a charity worker, in 2015 – could be a snapshot of poverty in modern Britain. The scale is spiralling, austerity has fostered it, and – miles away from ministers in Westminster – it’s a team of volunteers left to pick up the pieces.

Related: Growing crisis on UK streets as rough sleeper numbers soar

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'You are brave, you are courageous': Lady Gaga visits homeless LGBT teenagers – video

Lady Gaga visits a shelter for homeless LGBT teenagers in New York to encourage acts of kindness. She tells those in the shelter about her own struggle with PTSD. ‘It’s really important to remind kids that are suffering from a traumatic experience or from abandonment … that they are not alone and that they are loved’

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Growing crisis on UK streets as rough sleeper numbers soar

Charities raise concerns for homeless people over recent deaths and falling temperatures

Jason Nash wears all three of his jackets and both his pairs of jeans at the same time. His sleeping bag doesn’t look like it has the greatest filling but he tries to get inside the stairwell of a block of flats to sleep when he can so at least he doesn’t get wet if it rains overnight.

Now 26, Nash has had only sporadic periods of living under a roof since he left care. He has a heroin and crack problem which costs him around £60 a day. “When I’m off my nut I can sleep. I don’t think you can live on the streets sober. It’s cold,” he says.

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Source: The Guardian: Homelessness

Alcohol-related crime, lost output and ill health costs UK £52bn a year

Treasury urged to set minimum pricing to reduce alcohol-related harm as research finds cost to taxpayer is twice old estimate

Doctors are urging Philip Hammond to raise the price of alcohol to tackle the “scourge” of drink-related harm after it emerged that crime, ill health and lost productivity cost up to £52bn a year, far more than previously thought.

They want the chancellor to increase the price of cheap, potent drinks such as high-strength white cider, which are mainly consumed by heavy drinkers, homeless people and underage drinkers.

Related: Minimum UK alcohol pricing gets backing of official health advisers

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Half Way review – dispatch from the frontline of the homelessness purgatory

Daisy-May Hudson’s documentary about her family’s journey into the depersonalising trauma of the rehousing system has the quiet desperation of I, Daniel Blake

In a crushingly personal dispatch from a family pushed off the edge of London’s housing boom, Daisy-May Hudson hits record on her camcorder as she, her mother Beverly and 13-year-old sister Bronte are evicted from their Epping home and forced into the purgatory of the hostels system. The younger sibling, afraid to stay there alone at night, dubs the pebbledashed lodging they are allocated “Hansel and Gretel’s thing in the woods”. They face an all-too-familiar austerity-Britain obstacle course: freefalling living standards, bureaucratic vindictiveness and stonewalling – plus paying a pretty penny (£500 a week) for the privilege.

Related: Daisy-May Hudson: ‘Being homeless came as a big shock’

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Rough sleeping on rise in Birmingham after cuts to homelessness services

Charities, outreach workers and the council all view ‘frightening’ levels of rough sleeping as a result of local authority cuts

The body of a 30-year-old homeless man was found at the back of a dark loading bay beside the Birmingham New Street railway station car park on Tuesday night, the coldest of winter so far. There are no flowers at the place he died, but the flattened, damp cardboard boxes where he slept are still there, along with a couple of woollen hats and a pair of green socks.

The man has not been named and none of the homeless people who sleep on the surrounding streets are quite sure who died. Police say he was a drug user. Charity workers fear his death is the inevitable consequence of radical cuts to homelessness services, which have led to a new rough-sleeping crisis in the city.

We had got it to manageable levels and made huge progress until 2009. Then the cuts started

Related: What you can do to help rough sleepers this winter

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Housing crisis, what crisis? Let’s expose those profiting from others’ misery | Daisy-May Hudson

My film Half Way documents my family’s experiences when we were made homeless. I hope it goes some way towards changing the way we look at housing

Having been homeless, I hate the term housing crisis. Like the refugee crisis and the financial crisis, such a term seems to absolve responsibility from those who created the problem. It suddenly becomes abstracted from the people who caused it and refers only to the effect. There are thousands of people and corporations making huge amounts of money from the housing crisis exactly the way it is – yet we’re constantly hearing, “We’re in a housing crisis.” So don’t you think it’s time we renamed all these crises we’re in? Who’s responsible for the refugee crisis? We’ll name it after them. Who’s responsible for the financial crisis? Let’s name it after them. Who’s responsible for the housing crisis? I want a term that will start to hold bad policy, politicians, bankers, estate agents, rogue landlords, local governments and developers accountable for the crisis they have created.

Related: Daisy-May Hudson: ‘Being homeless came as a big shock’

To think Half Way may have an influence on policy is hugely encouraging

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Source: The Guardian: Homelessness