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Homelessness kills: Study finds third of homeless people die from treatable conditions

Nearly a third of homeless people die from treatable conditions, meaning hundreds of deaths could potentially have been prevented, a major new study shows. The research by University College London (UCL), which was exclusively shared with the Bureau, also shows that homeless people are much more likely to die from…...

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How many people sleep rough each night?

How many people sleep rough each night? According to the latest figures, collected in the autumn of 2018 and published in January 2018, 4,677 people are estimated to be sleeping rough on any one night. Is rough sleeping on the rise? There was a decrease of 2% from 2017 to…...

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Homeless deaths rise by a quarter in five years, official figures show

Nearly 600 homeless people died on the streets or in temporary accommodation in England and Wales in 2017, up 24% in five years, according to the first government figures on the issue. After a slight drop in 2013, deaths have risen every year since, from 475 in 2014 to 597…...

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Harvest Time

It will soon be harvest time and we are already being asked for our list of things we need. The donations we are given are vital to the running of the Centre throughout the whole of the next year.  Thank you very much for your support. Click on the link to…...

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Homelessness could end in a decade, says charity Crisis

The UK could see an end to homelessness within 10 years if the government embraces certain policies, according to the homeless charity Crisis. In a newly-published report, Crisis sets out a comprehensive plan to make homelessness “a thing of the past”. It says 100,500 social homes need to be built…...

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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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