Homeless Junior Olympian joined by mother after stranger pays for ticket

Posted on Aug 10, 2016 in Home
Homeless Junior Olympian joined by mother after stranger pays for ticket

The biggest surprise Monday for 10-year-old Rainn Sheppard, competing at the Junior Olympics in Houston, far from the New York City homeless shelter she shares with her two sisters and mother, wasn’t the gold medal she won in the 3,000m race. It was the arrival of her mother. Read more. 

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 […]

Homeless people gatecrash CEOs on charity sleepout in Adelaide

Posted on Jun 22, 2016 in Uncategorised
Homeless people gatecrash CEOs on charity sleepout in Adelaide

A group of homeless people gatecrashed a CEO sleepout in Adelaide on Thursday night. About six people took issue with the group of 120 chief executives staying in Whitmore Square overnight, a park where homeless people often stay. Clean streets: the mobile laundry service helping Australia’s homeless. St Vincent de Paul chief executive David Wark said on Friday […]

Rough sleeping on London’s night buses increases 121% in four years

Posted on Jun 15, 2016 in Uncategorised
Rough sleeping on London’s night buses increases 121% in four years

Rough sleeping on London’s night buses has increased 121 per cent in the past four years, according to an internal report by Transport for London. Across the English capital, there were 213 driver incident reports between 1st November 2015 and 24th January 2016 – an increase from 97 over the same period in 2012/13. City […]

It’s the inequality, stupid. Homes should be lived in, not traded

Posted on Jun 8, 2016 in Uncategorised
It’s the inequality, stupid. Homes should be lived in, not traded

hroughout the country, on any given night, some streets are darker than others, with no inhabitants to make the slightest noise. In London’s Kensington, or The Bishops Avenue, the houses are grand, earning their wealthy owners more than most people make, simply by existing. In Liverpool, Yorkshire and south Wales, the empty terraces, often whole streets, have […]