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Don’t throw them – bag & give to HAB!

Please if you are having a clearout or making room in your wardrobe for your new clothes, don’t throw anything out. Bag them up and bring them to us. Any clothing we cannot use we sell for recycling and the money we get buys new underwear and socks for our clients....

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New homelessness act fails to address root causes, charities say

Spiralling rents, welfare reforms and council funding cuts will undermine the impact of the most significant new homelessness legislation for 40 years, charities have said. There is consensus among campaigners and local authorities that the Homelessness Reduction Act, which came into force on Tuesday and imposes legal duties on English…...

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Chelmsford’s homeless community voices shock at man’s doorway death

Homeless people have told of their shock after a man died in a shop doorway during a night of freezing temperatures. The body of Rob O’Connor was found in Springfield Road, Chelmsford on Friday morning. Essex Police said Mr O’Connor’s death is being treated as unexplained. Although temperatures in the…...

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‘People care for five minutes’: homeless man’s death is wake-up call, says charity

Homeless charity says sustained austerity and cuts to vital services is leading to more deaths on the streets On an unremarkable evening last November, the congregation of St Martin-in-the-Fields on Trafalgar Square listened quietly as the names of 141 people were read out. Each had died that year without a…...

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Rise in rough sleeping is no surprise – it’s now a routine sight

The number of rough sleepers in one London borough has leapt by 647%. What’s gone wrong? Walking back from the park early on Monday morning I counted three people sleeping in a hedge along the railway tracks that lead from Euston station, and quickly forgot about it. Five years ago…...

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Should you give homeless people money? Absolutely

Gloucester city council’s poster implies they are not worth our compassion. This is a travesty of human decency. Have the Tory members of Gloucester city council been busy reading George Orwell’s 1984 in their book club recently? It seems someone has read the bit at the back where Orwell describes…...

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What’s behind the quiet rise of homelessness in the countryside?

Take a drive through the Mendip hills in Somerset and you’ll come across some beautiful countryside sights: fresh mist rolling over green hills dotted with welly-clad dog walkers. Look more carefully, however, and you find people living a very different life. Starting at the crack of dawn, Stephen Fowler, manager…...

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Homelessness and Healthcare: the right to register

If you have any problems registering with a GP due to a lack of address or identification, there are steps you can take. In Spring 2016, the Healthy London Partnership’s London Homeless Health Programme asked Groundswell to research the experiences of people who are homeless in London using NHS services…...

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HAB Centre hours

The HAB Centre drop in is open at the following times. We are not open on Bank Holidays. If you need more information call us on 020 8446 8400  Monday 0900 – 1500 Tuesday 0900 – 1500 Wednesday 0900 – 1500 Thursday 0900 – 1400 Friday 0900 – 1500 Saturday…...

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Night Shelter

Each year from October to March HAB works in partnership with Together in Barnet to provide a night shelter. The shelter is provided by a number of different synagogues and churches throughout the borough.Guests are given an evening meal and breakfast. Priority is given to people who are rough sleeping…...

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