Domestic violence victims are disappearing from homeless statistics

Posted on Aug 3, 2016 in Home
Domestic violence victims are disappearing from homeless statistics

The latest figures from the Office of National Statistics [pdf] show that 14,780 households in the UK were accepted by local authorities as being statutorily homeless between January and March 2016, an increase of 9% on the previous year. This is defined as a household that is unintentionally homeless and in a priority need category (such as […]

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

Posted on Jul 27, 2016 in Home
Mexico win both men’s and women’s Homeless World Cup

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 […]

Coffee with a conscience: the rise of social enterprise cafes

Posted on Jul 20, 2016 in Home
Coffee with a conscience: the rise of social enterprise cafes

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 […]

Cathy Come Home review – Loach’s classic staged with passion and fury

Posted on Jul 13, 2016 in Home
Cathy Come Home review – Loach’s classic staged with passion and fury

Can art change anything? At the very least one could say that Cathy Come Home – written by Jeremy Sandford, directed by Ken Loach and shown on BBC TV 50 years ago – raised awareness of homelessness in the UK. To mark the event, Cardboard Citizens, which makes theatre with and for homeless people and is itself 25 years old, […]

figures show homelessness surge of almost a third

Posted on Jul 6, 2016 in Home
figures show homelessness surge of almost a third

The “shocking” scale of homelessness in England can be viewed as Government figures showed a rise of almost a third in households who found themselves with nowhere to live over the past five years. Some 57,750 households were accepted as homeless by their local council in the past year – the highest total since 2008 – […]

Homeless actors offer a rawness that outweighs a lack of formal skills

Posted on Jun 29, 2016 in Home
Homeless actors offer a rawness that outweighs a lack of formal skills

Working with actors who lack formal training or are from the streets is more in vogue than ever, but at Cardboard Citizens this is what we have been doing for the past 25 years. We make theatre with and for homeless people, performing on the stage, in the street, in hostels and prisons. We have […]

Town halls aren’t to blame for homelessness?

Posted on Jun 1, 2016 in Home
Town halls aren’t to blame for homelessness?

Despite eager anticipation, a commitment to change the law on homelessness failed to materialise in the Queen’s speech last week. This is perhaps surprising, given the chancellor George Osborne’s recent and unexpected recognition that homelessness was “unacceptable”. Even the Treasury, it seems, had sensed that Something Must Be Done. Read on   

London housing: the rising costs of temporary accommodation

Posted on May 25, 2016 in Home
London housing: the rising costs of temporary accommodation

This isn’t exactly news. But anyone concerned with the state of London should read all about it anyway. For the past five years the number of households in the capital meeting the definition of “statutory homelessness” and placed in temporary accommodation has been edging up. Halfway through last year it rose to over 50,000 for […]

What it looks like to be hungry and homeless

Posted on May 18, 2016 in Home
What it looks like to be hungry and homeless

An exhibit opening in San Francisco on Wednesday, called I Got Nothing, showcases the work of eight homeless teenagers and young adults. The photographs focus on a central fact of their young lives: hunger, or as they prefer to call it, ‘food instability’  

#ReAct

Posted on May 11, 2016 in Home
#ReAct

Last year we saw 42 candidates get onto our #ReActInternal Employability programme and over half the graduates were able to secure an external employability programmes with our brilliant partners leading to full time work. Engaging in housing is part of a solution, finding sustainable employment is a proven long term contributor to effective integration back into […]