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Rebecca Evans is a staff news reporter for the Daily Mirror and writes for the Pavement in her spare time. Her interests include human rights, international development, crime and politics. Before working for the national press, she wrote for various regional and local newspapers as a general news reporter and social affairs correspondent.

 
  June 16th 2012

More than 5,000 Americans now live in squalid, filthy, make-shift camps

  They stand as a shameful blot on the landscape of modern-day America. Squalid, filthy, make-shift camps which are now ho...

 
  May 11th 2012

Twelve plainfiffs allege their personal property was unlawfully taken when their camp was levelled

  Homeless people in California are suing the government after their property was lost during the demolition of a tent cit...

 
  April 10th 2012

Homeless people and students join forces for a dig with a difference

  Homeless people and university students in York have joined forces for an archaeological dig with a difference. Unearth...

 
  December 10th 2011

 We look at the Community’s new service for women rough sleepers

  Homeless charity The Simon Community has launched a new group for women rough sleepers. The project aims to provide a s...

 
  November 8th 2011

 Fareshare is now providing food to 35,000 people every day

  The demand for hand-outs from food donation charities has drastically increased, new figures suggest. Fareshare, an org...

 
  October 7th 2011

 Seven-fold increase under new headcount guidelines

  A recent change in the way rough sleepers are counted in Brighton has found the total figure to be more than seven times...

 
  September 17th 2011

 ...but prosecutors decide not to pursue the case

  A homeless man was arrested after being caught charging two mobile phones in a plug socket outside a US shop. Shaun Faw...

 
  September 17th 2011

 Duke and duchess visit Skid Row children’s project

  A spotlight was thrown onto the homeless capital of the world after a visit by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during ...

 
  September 17th 2011

 

  More than 17,000 people have joined a Facebook group to nominate a Bournemouth eccentric to carry the London 2012 Olympi...

 
  July 8th 2011

Seven people could face imprisonment in the US for feeding the homeless

  Seven people could face imprisonment in the US for feeding the homeless. The activists were arrested after handing out ...

 
  June 9th 2011

Former manager of halfway house died of overdose, coroner says

  A former manager of a halfway house for reforming criminals who was sleeping rough after losing his job died from a susp...

 
  June 9th 2011

Majority of 75 residents rehoused but after eviction

  Three emergency shelters have closed in the Canadian city of Vancouver after a wave of Government cuts. Housing activist...

 
  May 13th 2011

Muslims have an obligation to help the homeless, says imam

A Muslim cleric has urged his religious followers to support a Christian-based homeless centre in Nottingham. Imam Dr Musharr...

 
  May 13th 2011

Vicar pours boiling water on rough sleeper

A vicar who stabbed and poured boiling water over a homeless man sheltering outside his church has been jailed for seven years...

 
  April 16th 2011

Far-reaching implications for A10s

The restrictions placed on the countries which joined the European Union in 2004 will come to an end at the end of May, with f...

 
  March 10th 2011

Nickelsville‘s 100 residents to get a permanent home

As the US still reels from its worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, tent cities continue to spring up across the...

 
  February 11th 2011

Homeless people in London are being offered training to help them start their own businesses

Homeless people in London are being offered training to help them start their own businesses. The Aspire Foundation is working...

 
  February 11th 2011

Vagrancy Act being used to prosecute rough sleepers

Police in Leeds are increasing their drive to move homeless people out of the city centre by prosecuting rough sleepers. The ...

 
  December 9th 2010

‘Repatriating‘ funds to local authorities could face a legal challenge

Funding for homeless, drug and domestic violence services in London is under threat because of a change in the way money is al...

 
  December 9th 2010

Former ‘bum‘ is now employed and campaigns for homeless rights

A homeless man who starred in one of the first ever Bumfight videos has turned his life around and got off the streets. Rufus...

 
  November 2nd 2010

B.Hug asks whether the government‘s planned Big Society can support local communities

An event has been held in London to discuss the Government's new plan for a "Big Society". Brent Homeless User Grou...

 
  November 2nd 2010

Stockpiling cash may be a sign that the not-for-profit organisations are gearing up for preparing cuts

Housing associations have seen their annual surpluses treble in the last year, ahead of widely anticipated spending cuts. A s...

 
  October 1st 2010

We look at the shift in deadline for ending rough sleeping in 2012

The deadline for ending rough sleeping in London by 2012 has slipped to the end of that year. The target originated in 2008, wh...

 
  September 9th 2010

The London day centre is to close in September

The Salvation Army's review of its Rochester Row centre in Victoria finished last month, and manager Collette Gamble told The Pa...

 
  September 9th 2010

Eight in 10 Americans who sleep rough have been victims of crime

There has been a sharp rise in the number of homeless people who are being attacked in America. With the increase of homelessne...

 
  July 4th 2010

Lack of affordable housing means law may be not be enforced immediately

Squatting has been outlawed in The Netherlands, making it a criminal offence to occupy empty buildings without the permission of...

 
  July 4th 2010

The riddle of the missing ornamental rabbit is explained...

A squatter was found to have been living on a family's roof in a tent. Mother-of-two Steph Wallace spotted the homeless man ...

 
  June 7th 2010

New Jersey encampment closed after church steps in to promise its rersidents  housing

A homeless tent city has been closed down after a church promised its residents free housing for a year. The encampment in C...

 
  May 6th 2010

The number of homeless living in sheltered accommodation has nearly doubled

Homelessness is increasing in the Olympic city of Vancouver, a new study has revealed. Results from a census taken in March sho...

 
  May 6th 2010

New Jersey tent city threatened with closure

A tent city in the state of New Jersey is under threat of closure. The encampment in Camden is home to more than 100 people in a...

 
  April 3rd 2010

What will go as local authorities struggle with the fall-out from the recession?

Homeless services are under threat as local authorities struggle with the fall-out from the recession. A recent survey carrie...

 
  April 3rd 2010

You can vote, even if you do not have a permanent address, says the Electoral Commission

The Electoral Commission is reminding homeless people that they can vote at the next general election, even if they do not have ...

 
  April 3rd 2010

ELHP initiative will tackle and prevent homelessness across the region

A new homeless strategy has been launched in East London involving an alliance of eight local boroughs. No-One Left Out, an in...

 
  April 3rd 2010

Large numbers of America‘s 3.5m homeless men and women congregate in tent cities for safety

A new report by US charity the National Coalition for the Homeless has revealed the growing number of tent cities across the cou...

 
  March 5th 2010

Prince William joins Jeff Hubbard and Rankin in charity shoot

HRH Prince William has taken part in a photo shoot for homeless charity Crisis. He joined former rough sleeper Jeff Hubbard, wh...

 
  March 4th 2010

Archaeology at its very best, says English Heritage expert

A team of homeless people have taken part in a "ground-breaking" archaeological dig in Bristol. The excavation at Tur...

 
  February 4th 2010

Dragons‘ Den star James Caan has become chair of The Big Issue magazine

Dragons' Den star James Caan has become chair of The Big Issue magazine. Mr Caan, 49, who is chief executive of private equity f...

 
  February 4th 2010

Pitching tents on public land set to disappear after parts of the country see a sharp increase in homelessness

 Police in America are trying to ban homeless people from camping on public land after parts of the country have seen a sha...

 
  December 8th 2009

Number of US homeless in cars growing

More than 300,000 people made homeless by the credit crunch in America are living in their cars, new figures have revealed. A...

 
  November 13th 2009

The London Delivery Board has plans to deport or section London‘s rough sleepers

A new scheme to remove some rough sleepers has begun in London Homeless people who refuse to leave London could be sectioned ...

 
  November 13th 2009

The charity seeks a more suitable building

The office in Manchester city centre has been sold to Addiction Dependency Solutions, a charity that aims to help people with dr...

 
  October 2nd 2009

Are they inaccurate or a "useful snapshot"?

The government's official headcount of rough sleepers has found there to be just 464 across the whole of England. The annua...

 
  October 2nd 2009

Homeless man found dead by River Nene

A homeless man has died while sleeping rough on the banks of a river in Peterborough. Zilvinas Orzekauskas, a Lithuanian mi...

 
  September 28th 2009

Rocketing numbers of women wanting detox for alcohol addiction

A London treatment centre for women suffering from alcohol and drug abuse has tripled in size to cope with a rising number of ca...

 
  September 27th 2009

More accusations of fixing the homeless figures...

A leading homeless charity has accused Westminster Council of "temporarily forcing" rough sleepers off the streets in time for a...

 
  September 27th 2009

The £285m scheme rescues only one household

A government scheme to save families from having their homes repossessed has helped just one household since its launch in Janua...

 
  September 27th 2009

Research reveals they can handle only half of all calls

Debt charities are so overwhelmed they can answer only half of all calls, new research has revealed. National Debtline, a cha...

 
  September 27th 2009

What the biggest study of soup runs actually said

Soup runs provide an invaluable "safety net" for rough sleepers who slip under the radar of regular support services, a new repo...

 
  September 26th 2009

Two women pensioners face dying in prison after being convicted of murdering two homeless men in a bid to get their hands on their life insurance

In a case dubbed the 'Black Widow murders', Helen Golay, 77, and Olga Rutterschmidt, 75, drugged and then ran over their victims...

 
  September 25th 2009

A homeless pensioner has become a property millionaire after claiming squatter‘s rights on a prime plot of land in North London

Harry Hallowes, 70, has become the proud owner of a £2m woodland area on the edge of Hampstead Heath after the Land Regis...

 
  September 10th 2009

Row blew up over the city‘s policy of not allowing homeless people to sit or sleep on pavements

Canadian politicians and local businesses have become embroiled in a bitter dispute with drug charities over the rights of homel...

 
  July 11th 2009

Raise tax on strong lagers and ciders, urges charity

Homeless charity Thames Reach is urging the Government to raise the price of super-strength beers. London-based Thames Reach is ...

 
  July 11th 2009

Real numbers are 10 times higher, claims Simon Community

The number of people sleeping rough in England is being "grossly underestimated" by the government, with the real figure closer ...

 
  July 11th 2009

Shelter CEO Adam Sampson quits to head consumer watchdog

The chief executive of homelessness charity Shelter has quit to become the head of a new consumer watchdog. Adam Sampson, who...

 
  July 11th 2009

Funding stops for a scheme that slashed B&B payments

Hundreds of families in Wales could be made homeless after a Government decision to halt funding for a successful landlord schem...

 
  July 7th 2009

Policy keeps homeless in temporary housing

Some of the homeless living in government-run shelters in New York, USA, are being charged rent for the first time. The polic...

 
  May 29th 2009

They‘re taking action on ‘local connection‘ in Oxford

They're taking action on 'local connection' in Oxford Homeless people sleeping rough in Oxford are being given train tickets ...

 
  May 29th 2009

Innovative clothing from Canada, a country used to cold weather

Innovative clothing from Canada, a country used to cold weather A waterproof, windproof and lightweight jacket that can be st...

 
  May 29th 2009

How will Canada‘s homeless cope with the 2010 Winter Olympics?

How will Canada's homeless cope with the 2010 Winter Olympics? In the run-up to next year's Winter Olympic Games, Vancouver's...

 
  May 25th 2009

Southwark Council shuts down community centre that has sheltered more than a million homeless people

Southwark Council has shut down a thriving community centre that has given shelter to more than a million homeless people during...

 
  May 25th 2009

Homeless people in Coventry invited to clear the shelves of a delicatessen forced to close

Homeless people in Coventry were invited to clear the shelves of a delicatessen forced to close because of the credit crunch. ...

 
  May 25th 2009

Residents at a Docklands hostel protest against 70 per cent rent hike

Residents at a homeless hostel are up in arms about a substantial rise in weekly service charges. Riverside House in Dockland...

 
  May 25th 2009

The Mayor of Sacramento promises alternative shelter for the encampment‘s residents

A sprawling "tent city" of the homeless is to be shut down by the Mayor of Sacramento. In Sacramento, California's state capi...

 
  May 24th 2009

The homeless chef dubbed ‘Terminal Man‘ goes down for breaching antisocial behaviour orders

A homeless chef who once earned £80,000 a year has been jailed for breaching an Asbo banning him from living in an airpor...

 
  May 24th 2009

Winchester project will enable 23 homeless people to make real and lasting changes in their lives

Homeless charity Emmaus is building a new community in Hampshire. The project will offer a home, work and support for 23 peop...

 
  May 24th 2009

Five million people will be waiting for council accommodation by 2010, says Local Government Association

Up to four in 10 households are on council housing waiting lists and the number is expected to rise, a new survey claims. Hom...

 
  May 24th 2009

The number of rough sleepers rough in London has soared in only six months, says the Simon Community

The number of people sleeping rough on the streets of London has almost doubled in six months, according to the Simon Community'...

 
  May 24th 2009

Threshold Housing spokesperson says the figures disprove the official homeless tally: four people

A shelter in Swindon has been forced to turn away around 300 people because there were no free beds. In just six months, Culv...

 
  May 23rd 2009

Sheffield student designed her Urban Caterpillar for need not greed

A university design student has created an innovative new portable bed for rough sleepers. Abby Brazier, 22, developed a fold...

 
  May 22nd 2009

Excessive force and racist abuse outside Camden winter shelter

An investigation has been launched after an incident at a north London homeless shelter. Two Metropolitan Police officers wh...

 
  May 22nd 2009

Two female pensioners have appeared in a US court charged with drugging and then running over their victims

Two female pensioners have appeared in a US court charged with murdering two homeless men. Helen Golay, 77, and Olga Rutterschmi...

 
  May 22nd 2009

One in 10 properties in some cities are abandoned, and they often still have heat, lights and water

The sub-prime lending crisis has meant that there are now more empty homes than homeless people in some US states. Hundreds ...

 
  May 19th 2009

The man helped by Colin Farrell has found God and is doing yoga - but he‘s still looking for a home

The homeless man helped this year by actor Colin Farrell (Issue 25 - October) says he is now sober, has found God and is doing y...

 
  May 19th 2009

A quarter of all homeless people in America are ex-soldiers, with numbers swollen by servicemen returning from Iraq and Afghanistan

In a reverse of the UK trend reported in last month's issue, a quarter of all homeless people in America are ex-soldiers, a new ...

 
  May 19th 2009

Wiltshire man who was days away from being evicted remanded for killing a fellow resident

A homeless man who was days away from being evicted from a hostel has been charged with murdering a young dad. Daniel Thomas ...

 
  May 19th 2009

Irish man crushed when a bin he was sleeping in was loaded onto a refuse truck

A rough sleeper was crushed to death when a bin he was sleeping in was loaded on to a refuse collection truck. The 36-year-ol...

 
  May 19th 2009

Colin Farrell takes Stress on a Toronto shopping spree

Actor Colin Farrell showed his generous side when he took a homeless man on a £1,000 shopping spree. The Irish star took t...

 
  May 19th 2009

Three Scottish officers cannot afford accommodation in their current posts

Three policemen in Scotland are homeless because of high house prices. The officers, who work in the West Highlands, are unab...

 
  May 19th 2009

Berkshire Council inspectors have found an "alarming number" of garden sheds being built for accommodation

Hundreds of migrant workers are living in garden sheds because of housing shortages. Council inspectors in Slough, Berkshire,...

 
  May 19th 2009

East European migration is still causing pressure on homeless services, but what‘s been done?

The pressure on homeless services from the thousands of economic migrants lured from Eastern Europe by the prospect of well-paid...

 
  May 19th 2009

Casual violence against homeless people on the rise as ‘bum-rushing‘ takes hold

A disturbing teen craze is spreading across America: rough sleepers are being beaten up and having their bloody ordeals recorded...

 
  May 19th 2009

Charity evicts formerly homeless squatters from formerly empty building

A group of squatters has been evicted by a charity that does not plan to demolish the building for two years. Five men were i...

 
  May 19th 2009

Police are encouraging Westminster shopkeepers to display ‘no sleeping‘ signs

Police are encouraging shopkeepers in Westminster to display 'no sleeping' signs as a deterrent to rough sleepers. The poster...

 
  January 2nd 1970

SIFA Fireside faces closure

An alcohol abuse centre in Birmingham is set to close after its funding was withdrawn by the city's council. SIFA Firesid...

 
  January 2nd 1970

A Pennsylvanian pastor has taken his town council to court

A Pennsylvanian pastor has taken his town council to court after they forced him to shut down a homeless shelter because it brea...

 
 

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