Wealthy San Francisco tech investors bankroll bid to ban homeless camps

Posted on Oct 19, 2016 in Home
Wealthy San Francisco tech investors bankroll bid to ban homeless camps

A tent on a sidewalk is the only place thousands of San Franciscans have to call home. But if a few of the city’s tech billionaires and millionaires have their way, even that shelter could be taken away. Sequoia Capital chairman Michael Moritz, tech angel investor Ron Conway, and hedge-fund investor William Oberndorf have donated […]

Is this mobile home the answer to middle England’s housing crisis?

Posted on Oct 12, 2016 in Home
Is this mobile home the answer to middle England’s housing crisis?

The announcement at this week’s Tory party conference by the communities secretary Sajid Javid of a £5bn boost to housebuilding can be seen in part as a belated recognition of the explosion of housing insecurity in Tory heartlands – a crisis the prime minister has hinted at with her promise to help those families on low to middle […]

Should we give money to beggars?

Posted on Oct 5, 2016 in Home
Should we give money to beggars?

A dishevelled man sits in a shop doorway holding an empty coffee cup containing a few pennies. Next to him is a brown cardboard sign with the words ‘homeless’ scrawled across it and he calls out: “Can you spare some change, please?” It is a question many people will have faced when they come across […]

The government needs to urgently rethink its supported housing policy

Posted on Sep 28, 2016 in Home
The government needs to urgently rethink its supported housing policy

Last Thursday, a government climbdown was met with mass relief by thousands of people in disparate parts of the housing sector, including tenants. After months of criticism, campaigning and publicising the dangers, the decision to introduce a cap on housing benefit to supported housing, such as hostels and homeless shelters, was deferred. The local housing allowance(LHA) cap was […]

How many homeless people are there in America?

Posted on Sep 21, 2016 in Home
How many homeless people are there in America?

MANY city dwellers do their best not to see the homeless people who share their streets and pavements. Donald Trump once famously insisted that his security guards clear all tramps and panhandlers from the pavement in front of Trump Tower. Even when the homeless aren’t being chased away, they can seem invisible. In 2014, the […]

Five coffins paraded through Brighton city centre to highlight homeless deaths

Posted on Sep 14, 2016 in Home
Five coffins paraded through Brighton city centre to highlight homeless deaths

FIVE coffins were paraded through Brighton city centre as protesters marched calling for more action to tackle rising homelessness in Sussex. The five coffins were used to represent the number of homeless people who have died on the streets of Brighton in recent months. In hail and rain, almost one hundred people joined the march […]

‘Living on $24/day': MPs warned loss of welfare supplement will hit hard

Posted on Sep 7, 2016 in Home
‘Living on $24/day': MPs warned loss of welfare supplement will hit hard

The Coalition’s plan to cut the $4.40/week energy supplement could push thousands of Newstart recipients who are already on the brink of homelessness into poverty, according to the Council of Homeless Persons. Kate Colvin, the council’s acting chief executive, warns the $4.40 a week payment may not sound like much but if it is abolished […]

Londoners only see what they want to see. The night tube won’t change that

Posted on Aug 31, 2016 in Home
Londoners only see what they want to see. The night tube won’t change that

They say the night tube will open up the London night, that four newly launched night lines will reveal it. No chance. The night is not what’s out there. The night is only what we want to see. Just ask those who know the night like no one else, the thousands of Londoners who sleep on the streets. […]

A school that offers a place to learn, even if the kids have nowhere to live

Posted on Aug 24, 2016 in Home
A school that offers a place to learn, even if the kids have nowhere to live

In her 11 years of life, Jada has moved between homeless shelters, overcrowded flats and barely habitable motels. “We couldn’t find a stable home and we moved a lot. We couldn’t afford the rent,” said the 11-year-old with glasses and big hair. “I’ve never lived in a house. I’d like to live in a house.” […]

Creator of chatbot that beat 160,000 parking fines now tackling homelessness

Posted on Aug 17, 2016 in Home
Creator of chatbot that beat 160,000 parking fines now tackling homelessness

The chatbot lawyer that overturned hundreds and thousands of parking tickets is now tackling another problem: homelessness. London-born Stanford student Joshua Browder created DoNotPay initially to help people appeal against fines for unpaid parking tickets. Dubbed “the world’s first robot lawyer”, Browder later programmed it to deal with a wider range of legal issues, such as claiming for delayed […]