Homeless news updates

from The Guardian

London is the world’s greatest city; we cannot sit back and do nothing about the rough sleeping crisis

Close partnership and innovative approaches are needed to curb the rising numbers inherited when Labour took control of the capital

I am committed to tackling London’s housing crisis in whatever form it takes – and the rise in rough sleeping over recent years is a growing source of shame that we have a moral imperative to stop.

People end up on the street for many different reasons – leaving care or hospital, problems with debt, unemployment, mental health, family breakup – and so the help they need is varied too. We can support some rough sleepers, particularly when they have become homeless recently, through programmes such as No Second Night Out.

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Mexico win both men's and women's Homeless World Cup

The Homeless World Cup came to a close in Glasgow on Saturday, with Mexico winning both the men’s and women’s finals

The curtain came down on the Homeless World Cup in Glasgow on Saturday, with both the Mexican men and women’s teams taking home the silverware and retaining their titles.

More than 50 teams took part in the 14th tournament, which was described as a “wonderful success” by the organisers, the Homeless World Cup Foundation, which was set up to support and inspire homeless people through the sport.

Related: Three hearty cheers for the Homeless World Cup | Kevin McKenna

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Scared, lonely, invisible; hunt is on to find hidden army of homeless women

A week long volunteer survey in central London is a key initiative in tackling a crisis of chronic homelessness in our cities

Jess, 36, sits in an alcove of a building near Trafalgar Square opposite a statue engraved with the word “Fortitude”. She has a backpack and blankets, her litter neatly packed in a carrier bag. On Sunday, she says, she is returning to her home in the Midlands because her daughter, in the guardianship of her parents, is celebrating her seventh birthday.

Jess has been sleeping rough on the streets “off and on” for five years. “I’ve got Asperger’s,” she says. “My mum and dad wrapped me in cotton wool and I wanted to be myself. You know families.”

Related: End Youth Homelessness Cymru: ‘Some people’s experiences were horrific’

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Coffee with a conscience: the rise of social enterprise cafes

A Bristol cafe is hoping to promote multiculturalism post-Brexit, a Swansea outlet gives its profits to charity and a London coffee shop supports ex-offenders

Sprinkling almonds into a bowl and spooning on layers of aromatic rice, vegetables, spices and meat stirs up memories of home. Susan may be a long way from her old life as a university lecturer in Damascus but cooking riz bel bazella is a vivid reminder of the family she left behind in Syria.

“I was crying as I made this,” she tells Kalpna Woolf, ex-BBC head of production and founder of Bristol’s International Peace Cafe, a pop-up cafe where meals are cooked by people representing many different cultures in the city. “Every time my auntie used to cook it, she’d shout to me that she was making my favourite food. I’d jump over the garden fence to eat it with her.”

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San Diego police still searching for suspected serial killer of homeless

Police released a man arrested last week and are searching for anyone connected to a spree of stabbings and burnings that killed three men and wounded another

A man arrested last week on suspicion of waging a murderous campaign against San Diego’s homeless population has been released without charge, suggesting that a serial killer could still be on the loose.

San Diego’s police department announced on Monday it had released Anthony Alexander Padgett, 36, who was detained last Friday in connection to a grisly spree of stabbings and burnings that killed three men and wounded another.

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The House of St Barnabas: ‘To be invited in is empowering’

Helping the homeless return to the world of work through a private members’ club

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The first thing you see as you approach the House of St Barnabas in London’s Soho are the words “House of Charity” in faded art nouveau letters – missionary zeal in bricks and mortar. The building, as director of culture Nadra Shah explains, has had a diverse philanthropic history – it has, since 1846, been a charity for the homeless, a second world war shelter and a women’s hostel. But its newest lease of life is its most extraordinary. In October 2013, the house was relaunched as a not-for-profit private members’ club to fund courses for the homeless and long-term unemployed.

Anyone who eats there will be wowed by its rococo mouldings, chic menu and wacky art – a million miles away, you would think, from the plight of the homeless. “I love the way the house upsets the status quo, blurs poverty and luxury,” says Shah. “This is part of the magic of why it works. To be invited in is empowering.’

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End Youth Homelessness Cymru: ‘Some people's experiences were horrific’

Coalition that lobbied the Welsh government to stop homeless under-18s being put in B&Bs

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As CEO of Llamau, Wales’s leading charity for homeless people, Frances Beecher is not easily shocked. But even she was dismayed when she found out that one local authority’s emergency support line for young homeless people was being redirected to the maintenance department. “Someone who is adept at boiler crises or floods can’t necessarily address the danger of putting a young person in a bed and breakfast, which is meant to be a place of last resort,” she says.

Government guidance at the time said that local authorities should avoid placing anyone under 18 in B&Bs. But Beecher was concerned about the number of young people she saw “slipping through the net, usually over the weekend in an emergency situation”.

Often these young people had nowhere to stay between 9am and 6pm, so were on the streets with no money or food

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More of the best New Radicals 2016

Innovative projects chosen by The Observer and Nesta as making a real difference to society, from altruistic apps to therapeutic farms

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