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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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Homelessness: ‘People think it can never happen to them, but it can, in the blink of an eye’

On any given night in England, there are an estimated 4,134 people sleeping rough. As the colder months approach, Big Issue founder John Bird has raised concerns this could be “the worst winter for over two decades” for homelessness. The figures are stark: between 2010 and 2016, the number of…...

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No Nights Sleeping Rough Taskforce

The ‘No Nights Sleeping Rough’ taskforce brings together partners key to tackling rough sleeping in London, in order to identify interventions that will contribute to tackling rough sleeping in the capital, building on and supporting existing work to do so where possible, implement the interventions identified, or where necessary, lobby for…...

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Living Rough Stats Double

MORE than twice as many people are sleeping rough in Britain as was previously thought. A team at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh found 9,100 rough sleepers – after estimates of 4,100. The study, for charity Crisis, also said 8,900 sleep in tents or cars, more than 12,000 live in squats…...

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National cross-government strategy remains key to ending homelessness

“The report is clear about the impact of welfare reform on the increase in homelessness and we support the NAO’s call for Government to better understand this impact. What is clear is that the freezing and capping of Local Housing Allowance (LHA) has led to a rise in homelessness and…...

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